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Asheville, North Carolina native, Christina Maxwell, is an actress and singer based in New York City. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Michigan with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Writing. She is the recipient of the 2016 Actors' Equity Association/Alan Eisenberg Award.
This fall, she performed the role of Deanna Durbin to rave reviews, and understudied the role of Judy Garland, in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of CHASING RAINBOWS directed by Tony nominee Denis Jones. Previously, she received "Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role" for originating the role of Laura Evans in SONATA 1962, featured in the New York Musical Festival.
Christina is also a nationally renowned public speaker, published writer and Pediatric Oncology Arts Therapist. While at University of Michigan, Christina founded the university-sanctioned outreach program Music at Mott at Mott Children's Hospital, bringing music and healing to patients and families. Her program received global attention when a PR video produced by the hospital went viral, garnering over 3 million hits on Facebook. She currently works for the non-profit, RipRap, providing intensive one-on-one music and art-therapy sessions for pediatric oncology patients and their families in underserved parts of New York City.
In addition, Christina uses her writing talents to run the social media for High Line Nine, a cutting edge art gallery in Chelsea, and previously worked in marketing and PR for luxury Italian jewelry company, Roberto Coin, where she designed and launched a new national social media campaign and wrote a series of articles published on Forbes. She works periodically for Actors' Equity Association as a Member Organizer and as a VIP events specialist for Hudson Yards and Related Inc.
While at University of Michigan, Christina received the prestigious University Musical Society 21st Century Artist Internship, which allowed her to travel and perform with the world-renowned group Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and serve as a cultural and marketing liaison between the group and the university. She continues to work on behalf of UMS to promote the importance of arts education funding, through public speaking, performance and development.
In 2012, Christina was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America (formerly America's Junior Miss), joining the ranks of women including Diane Sawyer and Debra Messing and traveling the country as the voice and face of the organization. She is also the recipient of the key to her hometown, Asheville, North Carolina, awarded for her leadership and service to her community.