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 "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."

-Cyril Connolly

 
 

Christine Estima is a playwright, novelist, performer and writer sleeping in some forgotten corner of a European railway station.

Her writing has appeared many publications, including VICE, The Globe and Mail, CBC, The National Post, Metro News Canada, Bitch Magazine, NOW Magazine, The Grid, Rabble, AufBau Magazine, Blisstree, The Gloss, YYZ Living Magazine, Matrix Magazine, Exclaim!, Chart Magazine, Notre Dame Review, GRAIN: Journal of Eclectic Writing, EVENT Literary Magazine, subTerrain Magazine, The Puritan, The Antigonish Review, The Madison Review, The Malahat Review, Descant Literary Journal, The New Quarterly, Room Magazine, Palaver Journal, VERGE Magazine, UKULA, CanPlay, The Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, Canadian Theatre Review, the travel anthology Navigating Customs: A Tendril Anthology (Cumulus Press), the Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine anthology (Caitlin Press), and the anthology ToK: Writing the New Toronto. She was long-listed for the 2015 CBC Canada Writes Creative NonFiction prize, and was a finalist in 2011 Writers’ Union of Canada short-prose competition.

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As a Spoken Word artist, she has performed at The Moth (NYC), Spark London (UK),  Raconteurs (Toronto), Pressgang Storytelling (Toronto), and Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids (Canada).

Playwrighting credits include, Vignettes In The Dark (2004, Toronto Fringe Festival), The Spadina Monologues (2005, The New Ideas Festival, Alumnae Theatre;  2007, Theatre Passe Muraille backspace, 2010 Foundry Theatre), and The Central Line(2009, International Women Playwrights Conference, Mumbai).

Christine holds a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from York Univeristy (Toronto, Canada). Her award-nominated thesis explores narratives of gendered-ethnicities on the Toronto stage, post 9/11. Try saying that five times, really fast.

She has lectured at the Association for Canadian Theatre Research conference, the 8th International Women's Playwright conference, the 6th Global Conference on Storytelling, and was an invited panellist at both York University's Writing & Publishing Career Conversations, and Social Media Week Vancouver. 

Christine was a cast member on the highly-controversial 2008 reality TV show When Women Rule The World, hosted by Steve Jones (T4, The X-Factor, Entertainment Tonight), which premiered on the Channel 4 network in the UK, and was produced by September Films.

She was also a cast member on the popular documentary series First Dates, which premiered on Channel 4 and was produced by Twenty Twenty.

As a feminist/vegetarian/pacifist/bookworm, she has solo-backpacked across the Middle East, Europe (East and West, including the Balkans), Asia, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Christine was a Top 50 finalist in the Best Job in the World – Island Reef Job global competition, hosted by Tourism Queensland, beating out over 34,000 other applications from over 200 countries.

Christine cannot wear white without spilling something on it, but you’ll still find her, most likely, in the fridge at 4am.