christine avila

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Christine’s film credits include HUEVOS,  SHALLOW GROUND, LIAR, LIAR,  HOLLYWOOD.COM, EASTSIDE, IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK, LEGACY OF SIN: THE WILLIAM COIT STORY, SLIVER, DEAD BADGE, BOUND BY HONOR, INNERSPACE and BOULEVARD NIGHTS.

On television, she has guest-starred on 1600 PENN, SOUTHLAND, 24, HOUSE, THE WEST WING, SIX FEET UNDER, AMERICAN FAMILY, NYPD BLUE, DANGEROUS MINDS, CHICAGO HOPE, MELROSE PLACE, and many others.

She has done over 100 performances of the one person show, LA CAUSA, produced by LIVING VOICES. The video-interactive show uses historical footage and a fictional onstage character to chronicle the life of Cesar Chavez and the birth of the United Farm Workers.

Christine sang at Little Carnegie Hall as one of the “New Artists” of the 1970s.  Subsequently, she toured with JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (National Tour), SUMMER AND SMOKE (with Eva Marie Saint) and MOTHER EARTH, a rock musical developed by South Coast Rep.

As an educator, Christine has taught at UCSB (Department of Chicano Studies), UCLA (Department of Theatre Arts), USC and Loyola Marymount University (Departments of Theatre).  She also taught, via UCLA Extension, in a juvenile prison for over seven years (Fred C. Nelles School for Boys).

Her work as an artist has been honored with several Dramalogue Awards, a Teacher-Of-The-Year award (UCLA Extension), as well as personal citations from The City of Los Angeles.

Christine is a founding member of WE TELL STORIES and the CLASSICAL THEATRE LAB. She was an Associate Artist at the renowned LA THEATRE CENTER.

She graduated from UCLA, and studied in New York with Sandy Meisner and Bill Esper at The Neighborhood Playhouse; in London at the The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art; and in Los Angeles with Tad Danielewski, Charles E. Conrad, Steve Eastin and at the Ruskin Studios.  A lifelong dancer, she has also studied at the Harvard Summer Dance Program.