Dr. Christina Marín: Breaking Down Borders and Barriers

Dr. Christina Marín
Dr. Christina Marín teaching class
Dr. Christina Marín presenting to class
August 27, 2018

As a young person, Dr. Christina Marín saw how theatre could change a community, even beyond the stage. Marín came to Phoenix College (PC) in August of 2017 as the new Program Director of Theatre & Film. Prior to her tenure at Phoenix College, Dr. Marín was an assistant professor of educational theatre at both New York University (NYU) and Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

During her debut season at Phoenix College, Dr. Marín was excited to direct Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka, a woman of color playwright, with students from numerous programs across our campus. 

Plays That Cross Borders

In the coming 2018-2019 season, Dr. Marín, along with her colleagues and students, will open the hearts and minds of theatregoers alike with a diverse blend of planned productions. Dr. Marín is proud to show how theatre can build community and empathy as a script comes to life in the hands of theatremakers.

Even before joining the faculty at Phoenix College, Dr. Marín was no stranger to the John Paul Theatre. In 2005, she directed Teatro Bravo’s Spanish-language production of Las Mujeres de Juãrez here to sold-out crowds for three weekends. She will be bringing her expertise in Spanish-language theatre to the second show of the season. 

Human Rights on Stage

Antigona: las voces que incendian el desierto (Antigone: the voices that set fire to the desert), written by Perla De La Rosa, is a modern-day adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone set against the backdrop of the femicide that has plagued Ciudad Juárez, Mexico for decades. The play will be performed in Spanish with English subtitles projected on screens. Dr. Marín is confident that this will be an opportunity for the community to reflect on social justice issues through theatre.

Access To Theatre For Young Audiences

Dr. Marín recently co-edited the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) anthology– Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latina/o Theatre for Young Audiences with playwriting professor José Casas from the University of Michigan. This book brings together twelve different playwrights from across the country. In addition to the twelve plays, the anthology also includes six scholarly chapters, one of which was written by Dr. Marín.

In the spring, the theatre program will showcase a script that is part of this anthology. La ofrenda (the offering) centers around a young boy who has recently lost both his parents in the tragedy of 9/11, and is forced to move to Los Angeles to live with his only living relative, his grandmother: a strong-willed Chicana.

In keeping with the program’s longstanding tradition, Dr. Marín plans to invite local high school theatre teachers and students to the Friday matinee of this production.

Education Beyond The Stage's Border

Dr. Marín is passionate about learning and student outcomes both in the theatre and throughout the campus. Since arriving at Phoenix College, she has been impressed by how open faculty and staff are to the idea of theatre going beyond the borders of the stage. There is a vast spectrum of interactive teaching methods that Dr. Marín will bring to Phoenix College. Later this semester, she will be contributing to a workshop through the Center for Teaching and Learning on interactive andragogy. Dr. Marín is also collaborating with Student Life on several projects at PC and with colleagues from across the District.

Theatre for All Performers

While Dr. Marín is committed to filling the majority of the program’s casts with students, she has opened the audition and casting calls to faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community.

“We are a community college – not just in the seats but up on the stage. If we open doors for professional actors and experienced community members to act with our students, it raises the bar. Students rise to the occasion.” – Dr. Christina Marín

Dr. Marín is motivated to move the theatre beyond the walls of the physical building at Phoenix College.

“Pluralistic, multicultural, multilingual, intergenerational, and community-driven theatre is my passion”. – Dr. Christina Marín

There are multiple ways to support the Theatre Program at Phoenix College! You can participate in the productions through the audition and rehearsal process, or join us in the audience! We are also expanding our roster of designers with experience in the field. For more information, contact Dr. Marín at christina.marin@phoenixcollege.edu or (602) 285-7303.

About Phoenix College

Phoenix College is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. Phoenix College offers academic courses leading to associate degrees, university transfer, certificates and short-term job training to more than 11,000 students annually.