About Cristina

Writer and playwright from Spain, has been living between New York, Seville and Madrid since 2010. Some of her plays have been staged in La Habana (Teclas, Centro Hispanoamericano de Cultura, 2017), Madrid (Nada personal, Microteatro 2015) Washington DC (Happily Ever After, Ambassador Theatre 2014), Monticello-Florida (Happily Ever After, 2018) and Miami (Don’t take it personally, 2014, Una mentira repetida, 2015 y Nada personal, 2014 and 2018 ) Microteatro.
Her plays Happily Ever After along with Typing, also participated in the PEN World Voices Festival (April 2013) as part of the “Staged Readings Series New Plays from Spain” in the Martin Segal Theatre (NYC).This two plays were included in the book New Plays from Spain, edited by Frank Hentschker and published by Martin Segal Theatre Center, Instituto Cervantes and Fundación Autor (2013).
Other readings of her play Typing have been staged in III Festival de Teatro Español (Atenas, 2019)  Repertorio Español, NYC (2012), Former Spanish Embassy in Washington DC (2013), Embajada de España en La Habana (2016) and Instituto Cervantes in New York (2017) and Nada personal in Instituto Cervantes Dublin 
She has published a book of short stories, La amabilidad de los extraños (The Kindness of Strangers), and several of her short stories have appeared in literary magazines.
She holds a PhD in Literature and Spanish Cultural Studies and a MFA in Creative Writing both from New York University. She also holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism, and masters in screenwriting and cultural management. She has worked as professor of Spanish, Literature, Film and Culture in New York University and as TV producer, screenwriter, journalist, cultural manager and free lance writer  

You can read some excerpts of her plays in https://www.contextoteatral.es/cristinacolmena.html

Theatre Productions

2018   Happily Ever After Tallahassee Hispanic Theater dirigida por Ángel de Armendi, Tallahassee Hispanic Theatre Monticello Opera House, Monticello, Florida, USA

2018   Nada Personal LGTB dirigida por Alberto Mateo, Microtheatre, Miami Junio-Julio

2017 TECLAS Compañía Jazz Vila Centro Hispano Americano de Cultura de La Habana, Cuba, Febrero -Marzo

2015 Nada personal Microteatro Madrid directed by Paulina Galvez, Julio

2015      Una mentira repetida directed by Kevin Cass, Microtheater Miami, Abril

2014    Nada personal Microteatro Miami directed by Alberto Mateo, Diciembre.

2014     Don’t take it personally directed by Gladys Ramirez, Microteatro Miami, Diciembre

2014     Happily Ever After Ambassador Theatre directed by H. Bondarewska, Washington DC, Marzo

2013     Inside Performance intervention conceived by PopUp Theatrics. Site specific para Hotel Intercontinental, Madrid, Spain, May

Stage readings

2019    Teclas dirigida por Styl Rodarelis, III Festival de Teatro Español, Atenas, Grecia

2018    Nada personal dirigida por Sandra Villegas, Instituto Cervantes Dublín, Irlanda

2017  Teclas Instituto Cervantes Nueva York  dirigida por Carlos Contreras Elvira

 2016  Teclas, dirigida por Cinthia Paredes, Embajada Española en La Habana, Cuba

 2013 Typing en Embajada de España en Washington DC  dirigida por Colin Hovde

2013    Happily Ever After and Typing , PEN Festival dirigida por Kimberly Faith Hickman, Martin Segal Theater, World Voices PEN Festival, New York, US, April“New Plays From Spain Series” organized by Instituto Cervantes and Spanish Consulate

2012   Typing en Teatro del Repertorio Español dirigida por Rafael Abolafia, organizada por  AENY y el consulado de España en Nueva York


2013 New Plays from Spain (Anthology) editada por Frank Hentschker, Martin Segal Theatre Incluye las obras en versión bilingüe de “Typing” y “Happily Ever After”

2009  La amabilidad de los extraños, Editorial C&M, Sevilla, Spain (Short stories)