CHRISTINE MARY DUNFORD

CHRISTINE MARY DUNFORD

Ensemble Member

Since 1989

Teaching Artist

Christine Mary Dunford has been an Ensemble Member with Lookingglass since 1989, and has acted in, written, adapted, and/or directed nearly three dozen Lookingglass productions. Most recently, she played the Mother in Blood Wedding. Before that, Christine directed her own adaptation of the The New York Times best-selling novel, Still Alice, which played as part of the company’s 25th anniversary season, received a Jeff Nomination for Best New Adaptation, and was named by the Chicago Sun-Times as one of the best plays in 2013. She is currently working on two pieces through Lookingglass’ gglassworks new work development program. Christine is a co-founder of The Memory Ensemble, a partnership between Lookingglass and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC), which uses improvisational performance activities to improve quality of life for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Christine is also Director of the School of Theatre and Music at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bio as of 2017

Adapted and Directed by ensemble member Christine Mary Dunford from The New York Times bestselling novel by Lisa Genova, Still Alice is “riveting from first second to last… this altogether masterful world premiere is not to be missed.

– Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

ARTIST MEDIA

LOOKINGGLASS PRODUCTIONS

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Performance Studies, Northwestern University
M.A. in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago
B.S. in Theatre, Northwestern University

CREDITS AND AWARDS

  • THEATRE CREDITS

    ACTING
    Regional:

    • Iktu Blas (The Actors Gymnasium, Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival)
    • Eleven Rooms of Proust (Lookingglass and About Face Theatre)
    • Othello (Shakespeare Repertory Theatre, u/s)
    • Woman’s Day (Zebra Crossing Theatre)
    • Lady Chatterley’s Lover (Buffalo Theatre Ensemble)
    • The Great Gatsby (Wisdom Bridge Theatre)
    • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arts-Lane Productions)
    • Jesus Christ Superstar, Gypsy (Mill Mountain Theatre)
    • Endgame, Serious Money (Next Theatre Company, Next Generation Project)

    Lookingglass LAB Series:

    • Under the Fig Tree
    • Grail Quest

    DIRECTING/ADAPTING/WRITING

    • Still Alice, Based on the novel by Lisa Genova (Lookingglass Theatre Company)
    • Manuscript Found in Saragossa (Northwestern University)
    • Under the Fig Tree (Lookingglass Lab Series)
  • AWARDS

    • Jeff Award Nomination for Best New Adaptation for Still Alice (Lookingglass Theatre Company, 2013)
    • “Top 10 plays in 2013” by Chicago Sun-Times for Still Alice
    • Jeff Award for Best Ensemble for The Arabian Nights (Lookingglass Theatre Company, 1993)