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Christina Ham

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Core Writers 2010 //  Core Writers 2011 //  McKnight Advancement Grants 2012 //  Core Writers 2012 //  Core Writers 2013   

Christina Ham's plays have been developed both nationally and internationally with the Center Theater Group, Goodman Theater, Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, Off-Broadway at the SPF Summer Play Festival, SteppingStone Theatre, and the Tokyo International Arts Festival, among others. Christina is the recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant and Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, the Marianne Murphy Women & Philanthropy Award in Playwriting, and a 2006 MacDowell Residency. She is a two-time nominee for the Cherry Lane Theatre Mentorship Program, a nominee for the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and was nominated for the Center Theater Group's Richard E. Sherwood Award for Distinguished Emerging Theater Artist. She has received commissions from the Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Red Eye Theater, among others. Her feature-length screenplay Booker was a finalist for Tribeca Film Institute's All Access program. Her plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Heinemann, PlayScripts, Inc., and Smith and Kraus. A graduate of the University of Southern California and UCLA's M.F.A. Playwriting program, Christina is a Core Writer of the Playwrights' Center and a member playwright of the Workhaus Collective and the Dramatists Guild of America.

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After Adam


After Adam examines the cyclical nature of estrangement within the family unit and the damage that it produces mentally, physically, and emotionally. This play is an obituary to the Norman Rockwell family construct and chooses, instead, to examine the disintegration of this model and the roles within it.



A workshop production presented by Workhaus Collective

A woman cuts herself off from society, her family, and her native tongue as she looks to redefine her life on her own terms.

Continuing their commitment (begun with Forgetting and Chimera) to empower writers to find the play within the rehearsal process and to invite audiences into that very process, Workhaus invites you to be the very first audience for Christina's new play.

This compelling story about the continuing legacy of slavery will be presented with a full bare-bones design even as Christina writes new pages every day. Since the play will continue to evolve over the nine performances, Workhaus invites you to return multiple times during the run—just present your program at the box office to return for free!

Visit Workhaus Collective for specific dates, times, and ticket info.




A serial killer and the woman that loves him.

Playwriting Seminar: Constructing and Developing Plot


If you've ever asked the questions Who am I? How did I get here? then you have already started to probe the two most basic questions that make up the story of your life. How you answer these questions for your characters when constructing the arc of your play can mean the difference between a plot that grips your audience from start to finish and one that doesn't. This seminar will not only look at how plot influences your play's structure but provide problem-solving techniques for revising a plot that's gotten away from you.

Taught by Core Writer and 2012-13 McKnight Advancement Grant Fellow Christina Ham

Each month, the Playwrights' Center offers a seminar about the craft of playwriting. These sessions are taught by playwriting fellows and run from 6-8:30 pm in the Rehearsal Room at the Playwrights' Center. Seminars are free to current members and cost $20 for non members. Please contact Julia Brown at or (612) 332-7481 to sign up, or if you have any questions about learning opportunities at the Playwrights' Center.



It’s the Red Summer of 1919 and the eve of the Elaine, Arkansas Massacre in which hundreds of African-Americans were innocently slaughtered when falsely accused of a potential uprising. Effie, a local sin eater, has been summoned to the home of Uly Gibson to attend to his recently deceased wife. What Effie discovers from his late wife is far more deadly than the civil unrest that awaits them outside their doors. This play is an exorcism of the great divide between black and white and its wounds that may never heal.

The Hollow


Olivia and her deadbeat husband come to squat in her family’s boarded-up antebellum estate in New Orleans. But the vicious crime that shuttered the house has also shaken its spiritual peace, plunging Olivia into a horror story that will unravel family secrets and challenge her very identity. A Southern Gothic melange of magic, murder, and the dark legacy of servitude that continues to haunt the region.

A Wives' Tale


This play is a futuristic drama about a group of barren women conspiring to create the perfect society.

Cul De Sac


This play looks at the war on terror through an absurdist’s viewfinder and examines its unattainable quest for homeland security and the xenophobia it creates. As a family must face making a forced migration from their homeland in the San Fernando Valley the anger that arises from this move leads them to take desperate steps against the government and its policies in a battle that embodies man versus nature and its fight to the death.

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