Strange Angels Theater is a creative collaboration between professional theater artists who share a belief that theater can be a powerful tool for social transformation and community healing. With a particular focus on stories by and about women, we are dedicated to producing high-quality theatrical works that bring unexpected groups of people together to share stories — thus promoting empathy, building bridges between communities, and stimulating dialogue about key social issues that we and our neighbors face.
Co-director/co-founder Christine Young is a theater director, dramaturg, and educator who specializes in new play development. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches in the Performing Arts and Social Justice program. Prior to joining USF, she held several administrative posts with non-profit arts organizations: Playwrights Foundation (Literary Manager and Associate Artistic Director), Magic Theatre (Young California Writer’s Project Coordinator), and Streetside Stories (Facilitator and Program Coordinator). She has 15 years experience working as a teaching artist in both public and independent K-8 schools, and has also taught for California Shakespeare Theater, New Conservatory Theater, TheatreWorks, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Recent artistic projects include: One Instance of Burning with Chris Rodgers (for which she received a Theatre Bay Area individual artist grant), Cry Don’t Cry with multi-disciplinary ensemble Balé Techlorico (developed through Shotgun Theatre’s Lab Program), the American premiere of Edward Bond’s A-A-America for Crowded Fire, the world premiere of Executive Order 9066 with Lunatique Fantastique, and the world premiere of Two Birds & A Stone by Amy Wheeler for the Capitol Hill Arts Center in Seattle. Christine holds an MFA in directing from the University of Iowa and a BA in Religion from Princeton University.
Co-director/co-founder Elizabeth Gjelten came to playwriting via solo theater, performing her own work at venues around the Bay Area. Her play Hunter’s Point was produced at St. Boniface Church in 2011 (see more details on this site) and was developed in the 2010 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her previous work includes What the Birds Carry (at The Pear Avenue Theater and the Mae West Fest), Dance Lessons (at the Working Woman Festival and Venue 9), Ritual Trio (produced by Durable Theatre at Off-Market Theatre), and White Girl (at Climate Theatre, the Marsh, Footwork, and other venues). She has taught playwriting/writing for performance and worked as an artist mentor in various academic and community settings, including the Experimental Performance program at New College of California, San Francisco State University, JFK University, and juvenile detention facilities. Elizabeth has an MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU and is a longtime student of poetics with Diane di Prima. She is a recipient of Theatre Bay Area’s Titan Award and a 2014 residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Her chapbook, say i am you, was published by Modest Proposal.