Christina Dinkel is a San Francisco based costume designer, stylist, content creator, & educator. She works in film, theater, performance art, education, photoshoots, and is available to style for private clients as well. Christina's designs have been shown at the National Performance Network, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, documenta 14, Z Space, and more. She has designed over 10 world premiere plays performances and adaptations for artists and authors such as Lauren Yee, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, and Dennis Kim. She attended the University of California Santa Cruz where she did her undergraduate and graduate training, and is a spotlight alumni for her rapid climb to career success.
Christina's current work is the costume design for the West Coast Premiere of Lucas Hnath's Red Speedo at Center Repertory Company. Prior to that, Christina costume designed for Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle's documentary film Water Makes Us Wet. She also designed for their performance in the renowned international art festival, documenta 14, attended by Greek President Pavlopoulos and German President Steinmeier. Christina's work on A Midsummer Night's Dream for Santa Cruz Shakespeare were a part of the first production to set stage on the then newly christened Audrey Stanley Grove.
As an educator, she has guest lectured as a specialty speaker for multiple design and professional practices courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, and designs for universities where students are actively involved in the production process. For her bachelor's degree, Christina constructed her own independent major (Theater Design in Art Historical Context) incorporating fine arts, history of art and visual cultures, & theatre arts, making her approach to education and research heavily interdisciplinary.
Some other noted projects in new works include her designs in premieres for Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Lauren Yee's world premiere production of Hookman, and the world premiere of Tree City Legends at Intersection for the Arts and Youth Speaks which later toured twice at the National Performance Network Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
Her research interests include digital rendering techniques for theater, intersectional art making practices, digital art, fashion, feminist art & style, art & dress history, and specializes in costume design for new and experimental works. Her design work has a highly graphic quality, embracing technology as a resource for effective visually engaging communication. Christina's approach to costume design for theater bridges the gap between classical texts and contemporary audiences in the digital age. As a stylist for the entertainment industry & private clients, she focuses on body, gender, and sexual positivity, in order to capture a clear brand or personal aesthetic for her clients that reflects their style goals.