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Christina Keefe
Professor in the Practice
Professor in the Practice, Visual and Dramatic Arts
 
e-mail:ck1@rice.edu
 
  • BFA Acting (1979) New York University, New York
  • MFA Acting (1992) University of South Carolina - Columbia, Coumbia, SC
 
Primary Department
   Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Rice Theatre Program
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    Websites
     arts.rice.edu
     
    Research Areas
     Acting, voice/speech and dialects, directing. Creating cross-disciplinary projects across the University having to do with the arts.
     
    Teaching Areas
     Acting, voice/speech/dialects.
     
    Creative Works
     Performances - Cabaret Kalisz
     Staged reading of new work., Christina Keefe, directed by Leslie Swackhamer, Main Street Theater, Houston, Texas (November 21, 2016)
     
     Performances - Eurydice
     Directed for Rice Theatre Program, Rice students and faculty, Hamman Hall, Houston, Texas (February 12, 2016)
     
     Performances - The Emperor's New Clothes
     HGO Art of Opera Summer High School Program, Houston Grand Opera School, Heinen Theatre, Houston, Texas (June 24, 2016)
     
     Performances - WildWavesWnding
      "Wild Waves Winding" examines the contrast between public and private expression through poetry, movement, and experimental cinema. , Christina Keefe, Allison Hunter, Artist in Residence, Visual & Dramatic Arts Department and Melissa Noble, University of Houston, School of Theatre & Dance, MATCH, Midtown Arts Center, Houston, Texas (November 5, 2016)
     
     Performances - Bob: A Life in Five Acts
     Produced and vocal coached for Rice Theatre production, Houston premiere., Hamman Hall, Rice (February 2015)
     
     Performances - Henry V
     Fully produced production of Shakespeare's play., Classical Theatre Company, Classical Theatre Company, Houston, TX (October 15-November 1, 2015)
     
     Performances - Much Ado About Nothing
     Produced and vocal coached for Rice Theatre Program's fall production., Amelia Fischer, professional director, Hamman Hall, Rice University (October 2015)
     
     Performances - The TInker of Tivoli
     Opera based on Rossini's music., Houston Grand Opera's Art of Opera, Heinen Theatre, Houston, TX (June 26, 2015)
     
     Performances - A Servant of Two Masters
     Commedia del arte play written in 16th century., Rice students with professional designers, Hamman Hall, Rice University (November 2014)
     
     Performances - BOUND
     Directed chamber opera commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, part of East+West Series, Houston Grand Opera, Asia Society, Houston, TX (February 2014)
     
     Performances - Little Shop of Horrors
     Produced and dialect coached musical., Visual & Dramatic Arts students, Rice Players, professional actor and musicians, Hamman Hall, Rice University (April 2014)
     
     Performances - Pirates of Penzance
     Operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan, Houston Grand Opera's Art of Opera Summer Studio, Heinen Theatre, Houston, TX (June 2014)
     
     Performances - Pirates of Penzance
     Operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan, Houston Grand Opera - , Heinen Theatre, Houston, TX (June 2014)
     
     Performances - There is a Happiness That Morning Is
     Acted in the play which was written by Mickle Maher., Action Theatre Company, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Los Angeles, CA (May 2014)
     
     Performances - A Midsummer Night's Dream
     First outdoor production of Shakespeare on Rice's campus., Christina Keefe and Rice Theatre Program, Rice University, Art Gallery and Founder's Court (November 2013)
     
     Performances - Mauritius
     Produced and brought in outside professional director., Dir. Julia Traber, Rice University, Hamman Hall (April 2013)
     
     Performances - Actors From the London Stage
     Produced touring group from England who performed TWELFTH NIGHT for 3 public performances. The group also taught master classes for the Rice students as well as high school students from two area high schools., Five British Actors from London, UK, Hamman Hall, Rice University (February 2012)
     
     Performances - Pirates of Penzance
     Operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan,
     
     Performances - Pirates of Penzance
     Operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan,
     
     Performances - Tartuffe
     Tartuffe, by Moliere directed by outside professional director., Rice students, Hamman Hall, Rice University (November 2012)
     
     Performances - The Drunken City
     Produced premiere of play, bringing in outside professional director., Rice students, Hamman Hall, Rice University (February 2012)
     
     Other - Vocal Coach for Tartuffe
     Worked with students and director on verse structure, diction and pronunciation., Christina Keefe, Hamman Hall, Rice University (November 2012)
     
     Performances - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
     Produced six public performances of this musical for Rice Theatre Program. Students had the opportunity to work with professional designers, musical director and professional local actor., Students, Local professional performer, Hamman Hall, Rice University (April 1, 2011)
     
     Performances - A Place Called Home
     Directed "A Place Called Home," a new opera for The Houston Grand Opera's summer program for outstanding High School Vocalists., Students, Heinin Theatre, Houston (June 2011)
     
     Performances - E. Patrick Johnson, Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales
     Dramatic reading based on the oral histories collected in Johnson's award-winning book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South--An Oral History (University of North Carolina Press). , E. Patrick Johnson, Rice Dance Theatre, Rice University (January 27)
     
     Performances - Macbeth
     Directed and produced six public performances for Rice Theatre Program., Students, alumni and Rice staff, Hamman Hall, Rice University (November 11)
     
     Performances - Vocal Coach for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
     Worked with the cast on vocal techniques for pronunciation and diction., Students and professional artist, Hamman Hall, Rice University (April 1, 2011)
     
     Other - Vocal Coach for Wild Oats
     Taught Texas and Mid-Atlantic dialects for the University of Houston's School of Theatre and Dance production of Wild Oats by James McClure., U. of Houston Graduate MFA students, Wortham Theatre, U. of Houston Main Campus (February 2011)
     
     Performances - Actors From the London Stage
     Produced touring group from England who performed ROMEO AND JULIET for 3 public performances. The group also taught master classes for the Rice students as well as high school students from two area high schools., Actors From the London Stage, Theatre, Hamman Hall (February 2010)
     
     Performances - Noises Off
     Produced six public performances of this co-production between Rice Theatre and Rice Players. Rice students had the opportunity to work with guest director and guest fight choreographer., Rice students, Theatre, Hamman Hall (November 12, 2010)
     
     Performances - The Bug
     Produced six performances of this new work. Rice students were performers, designers and technicians, working with an outside professional director., Rice students, Theatre, Hamman Hall (March 19, 2010)
     
     Performances - Theory
     TV pilot shot on Rice campus about a college anthropology department and the politics of gender. I played a featured character., Christina Keefe, Off and on campus, Houston and Rice University (April 7, 2010)
     
     Other - Vocal Coach for THE CHERRY ORCHARD
     Taught Russian pronunciation, dialect and text work for U. of Houston's School of Theatre and Dance production of Anton Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD., MFA graduate students, Theatre, U. of Houston (January 2010)
     
     Performances - Stop Kiss
     Produced Stop Kiss for Rice Theatre, working with professional director and student designers and actors., Rice students , Hamman Hall, Rice University, Hamman Hall (March 2009)
     
     Performances - The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later
     Staged reading of Laramie Project, with live video feed from Lincoln Center, NYC., Christina Keefe as well as other Houston professional actors, Wortham Theatre, U. of Houston (October 13, 2009)
     
     Performances - The Threepenny Opera
     Produced six public performances of this opera, working with Shepherd School professors, Rice students/faculty/staff and alumni as well as outside professional actors, director and designers., Rice students/faculty/staff/alumni and outside professional performers., Hamman Hall, Rice University, Hamman Hall (November 13, 2009)
     
     Performances - All In the Timing
     Produced All in The Timing, first Theatre Program production, hiring two MFA Directing students from U. of Houston as part of their Master's Thesis., Rice students, Hamman Hall, Rice University (March 15, 2008)
     
     Performances - Voice/Dialect Coach
     Company voice and dialect coach, Texas Shakespeare Company, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Kilgore, TX (May - July 2008)
     
    Presentations
     Workshops
     

    "“Singing the Text: An Exploration of Voice and Movement”." The International University/Global Theatre Experience, Graz, Austria. (May, 2011)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Other, The O'Neill Theatre Center. various. (2010 - 2010)

     Other, The O'Neill Theatre Center. various. (2011 - 2011)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Doerr Innovation Grant, Doerr Institute for New Leaders (12/2016)

     Arts Initiative Grant, Rice University Commitee, Moody Center for the Arts (11/2016)

     Distinguished and Outstanding Associate Award Lovett College, Lovett College (April 2016)

     Brown Teaching Grant, Brown Foundation (2013)

     Sarofim Teaching Award, Rice University, School of Humanities (May 2012)

     Faculty Initiative Fund, Office of Research (July 2009)

     Brown Teaching Grant, Brown Foundation (June 2009)

     The Threepenny Project, The Kurt Weill Foundation (September 2009)

    Residencies & Summer Festivals
     Residency
     Theatretreffen Berlin. One of two Americans chosen to observe Theatretreffen Berlin, a week long festival of the best of German theatre., Berlin, Germany. (May 2011)
    Remarkable opportunity to see German theatre, which included seeing plays, discussion groups with the directors and dramaturgs, as well as meetings with the head of the Green Party and the Minister of Culture.

     Summer Festival
     Company Vocal Director. Worked as text/vocal director for The Texas Shakespeare Festival., Kilgore, Texas. (May - July 2008)
    Vocal direction for 4 shows: Twelfth Night, 1776, Royal Hunt of the Sun and Julius Caesar.

    Juries
     Jury
     Houston Arts Alliance Panelist. Theatre Grants Panelist for the Houston Arts Alliance General Operating Support panel process. , Houston Arts Alliance. (April 26, 2011)
     Master Class
     Master Acting Class. Taught acting classes to MFA graduate students at U. of Houston., Wortham Theatre, U. of Houston. (February 4-6, 2010)
    Positions Held
     Master Teacher, Houston Grand Opera. (2011 - 2011)