Performing Arts Department Full-time Faculty

Cristina Duarte

Lead Full-Time Faculty, Performing Arts Department

BA in English Literature, Bard CollegeMA in Theatre, Hunter College

Cristina Duarte, is a director, actor, teacher and former Artist Director of the Santa Fe Playhouse. Originally from New York, she is an alumnus and long time teacher of acting technique at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has studied and collaborated with master teachers Stella Adler, Elaine Stritch, Gene Saks, Alan Arkin, David Shiner and Bob Krakower and theater professionals such as Marci Philips, James Calleri, and David Caparelliotis.

Cristina received her MA in Theatre from Hunter College where she taught acting technique and theater history. She has directed original works at Hunter’s Loewe Theatre and several projects for the Michael Chekhov Theatre Co. As an actor, she has appeared in several independent and commercial films as well as television, with reoccurring roles on Law and Order, One Life to Live, All My Children and a 9 year run on Saturday Night Live as a supporting cast member. She has been teaching acting, scene study and theater history as well as writing and literature for 20 years.