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Asheville, North Carolina native, Christina Maxwell, is an actress and singer based in New York City. She most recently performed the role of Deanna Durbin in the New York City industry presentation of CHASING RAINBOWS, directed by Matt Lenz and choreographed by Denis Jones.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Michigan with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Writing. Christina is the recipient of the 2016 Actors' Equity Association/Alan Eisenberg Award, awarded to one graduate each year. She also received the prestigious University Musical Society 21st Century Artist Internship, which allowed her to travel and perform with the world-renowned group Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and serve as a cultural, educational and marketing liaison between the group and the university.
While at University of Michigan, Christina founded the university-sanctioned outreach program Music at Mott at Mott Children's Hospital, bringing music and healing to patients and families. Her program received global attention when a PR video produced by the hospital went viral, garnering over 3 million hits on Facebook. Continuing her outreach, Christina currently works for the New York City non-profit, RipRap, providing intensive one-on-one music and art-therapy sessions for pediatric oncology patients and their families in underserved parts of the city .
Christina is also a published writer and nationally renowned public speaker, speaking across the country as an advocate for marginalized children and the importance of protecting the arts in education . In 2012, Christina was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America (formerly America's Junior Miss), joining the ranks of women including Diane Sawyer and Debra Messing and traveling the country as the voice and face of the organization. In New York City, she worked in marketing and PR for Roberto Coin, where she designed and launched a new national social media campaign and wrote a series of articles published on Forbes. She also currently works in marketing as a Member Organizer for Actors' Equity Association, a union with over 50,000 members nation-wide.