About Cristina

Writer and playwright from Spain, based in New York since 2010. Some of her plays have been staged in La Habana (Teclas, Centro Hispanoamericano de Cultura, 2017), Madrid (Nada personal, Microteatro 2015) Washington DC (Happily Ever After, Ambassador Theater 2014) and Miami (Don´t take it personally, 2014 and Una mentira repetida, 2015) Microteatro.
Her plays Happily Ever After along with Typing, also participated in the PEN World Voices Festival (April 2013) as part of the “Staged Readings Series New Plays from Spain” in the Martin Segal Theater (NYC).This two plays were included in the book New Plays from Spain, edited by Frank Hentschker and published by Martin Segal Theatre Center, Instituto Cervantes and Fundación Autor (2013) Other readings of his play Typing have been staged in Repertorio Español, NYC (2012), Former Spanish Embassy in Washington DC (2013), Embajada de España en La Habana (2016) and Instituto Cervantes (2017).She has published a book of short stories, La amabilidad de los extraños (The Kindness of Strangers), and several of her short stories have appeared in literary magazines.She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism and has worked as director and screenwriter for television. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature. 

Contact: colmenaruiz@hotmail.com

Cristina Colmena CV

Theater Productions

2017    Teclas directed by Jazz Vila

Centro Hispano Americano de Cultura de La Habana, Cuba, Feb-March


2015     Nada personal directed by Paulina Galvez, Microteatro Madrid, Spain, July


2015      Una mentira repetida directed by Kevin Cass, Microtheater Miami, US April

2014      Nada personal directed by Alberto Mateo Microtheater Miami, US, December

               Don’t take it personally directed by Gladys Ramirez


2014             Happily Ever After directed by H. Bondarewska, Ambassador Theatre, Washington DC, March



2013            Inside Performance intervention conceived by PopUp Theatrics.

International Collaboration. Playwright. Hotel Intercontinental, Madrid, Spain, May


Stage readings

2017   Teclas directed by Carlos Contreras Elvira, Instituto Cervantes, New York, US April


 2016  Teclas, directed by Cinthia Paredes, Spanish Embassy in Cuba, La Habana, October


 2013   Typing directed by Colin Hovde, Spanish Embassy, Washington DC, US, September


 2013    Happily Ever After and Typing directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman,

Martin Segal Theater, World Voices PEN Festival, New York, US, April

“New Plays From Spain Series” organized by Instituto Cervantes and Spanish Consulate


2012                  Typing directed by Rafael Abolafia, organized by AENY and Spanish Consulate

Repertorio Español Theatre, New York, US, November



2013 New Plays From Spain (Anthology edited by Frank Hentschker) Martin Segal Theatre. Including the plays “Typing” and “Happily Ever After”



2009  La amabilidad de los extraños, Editorial C&M, Sevilla, Spain (Short stories)

Short stories published in magazines 

2013         “Distancia de Seguridad”, Sibila, n.41, Literary Magazine, Sevilla, Spain

2013         “Prólogo”, 1887 Recetas para que el amor perdure, La Despensa, Madrid, Spain.

2012         “Extravíos”, “Un novio feo”, Sibila, n.39, Literary Magazine, Sevilla, Spain

2012          “El ángulo muerto”, “La traducción” , Imanhattan n.3, New York

2011           “Sherezade”, “Ruidos” in Temporales n.1 (cartonera publisher) New York

2011            “V.O”, “Exilios”, Literary magazine Imanhattan n.2, New York, 2011

2010             “Insomnios”, Book Mi afición desmedida por lo inútil Padilla, Sevilla, Spain


2013-Present      PhD Candidate, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures. NYU

2010-2012       Master of Fine Art in Creative Writing in Spanish, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures. New York University. MFA Thesis: novel Larvas, directed by Lina Meruane and Antonio Muñoz Molina.

2009-2010      Master Degree in Literary Creation, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

2006-2008      Bachelor´s Degree in Journalism, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

2003-2005      Master Degree in Cultural Management, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

2000-2002      Master Degree in Screenwriting, Universidad de Málaga, Spain

1997      Courses in Film and Cultural Studies, Middlesex University, London, UK

1993-1997      Bachelor´s Degree in Audiovisual Communication, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Awards and Grants


2011      Fellowship Artist in Residence in Writer´s Ranch, Colorado (Summer)


2013-2018      McCracken Fellowship for Doctoral Program in GSAS NYU

2010-2012      Fellowship Talentia (Junta de Andalucía) Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in Spanish Program, New York University

2000-2002      Fellowship. Junta de Andalucía. Studies in Performance, Music, Audiovisual and Cultural Production, awarded to study a Master Degree (Experto Universitario) in Screenwriting,Universidad de Málaga, Spain

1997      Fellowship Sócrates-Erasmus. Courses in Film and Cultural Studies, Middlesex University, London, UK