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Christina Beck

Adrienne Shelly Foundation award-winning director, writer, actress Christina Beck began her career as a  punk rock teenager acting in cult films such as Suburbia, Boys Next Door, and Dudes all directed by Penelope  Spheeris. She studied at Playwright’s Horizons in New York City forming an all-female theatre company,  POW (Power of Women) productions, and wrote, produced, and starred in “From the Heart” premiering at the Samuel Beckett Theatre. After writing, directing, and acting in numerous Los Angeles theatre productions, Christina wrote and starred in her first short film, DISCO MAN, followed by the noir comedy, BLOW ME, which screened in the New York, Chicago, and Seattle Underground Film Festivals. Christina was one of the few women accepted into Fox Searchlight’s new director’s program, Search Lab, where she directed, wrote, and starred in the short film version of her feature film script, SLICE, which screened in Cannes. Her feature screenplay Slice, now titled Perfection, was one of five contenders for the IFP Best Screenplay Award, part of the IFP market, selected for the IFP rough cut labs in New York,  winner of The Adrienne Shelly female directing grant, and chosen to be IFP’s “Spotlight Screening” of the year sponsored by Time Warner and SAG indie. Perfection ran the festival circuit where Christina won Best Actor and Best Narrative Feature at the Oxford Film Festival and screened at the San Francisco  International Women’s Film Festival, the USA Film Festival, The Rio Cinema in London, The Reel  Recovery film festival at the Quad Cinema in NYC, and Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in Santa  Monica, CA. Christina is co-founder of The Female Filmmaking Collective; a member of Film Fatales,  Alliance of women directors and is an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  Christina has sat on the juries for The Feminist Film Festival, London, The South Eastern European Film  Festival, The 100 Word Festival in Charlotte, NC., and The USA Film Festival, Dallas. Upcoming projects include Size 10 and Expecting Grace set in Marseilles, France.

Winter HolidayClosed until January 3

The Lee Strasberg Institute will be closed until January 3, 2022. Have a wonderful Winter Holiday!