Faculty & Staff

Chris Cragin-Day
Lecturer, Theater History
Degrees & Accomplishments
Alumna of The Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group
Alumna of the O'Neill National Music Theater Conference
MFA in Stage Directing from Baylor University
BA in Theater from Oklahoma Baptist University
Winner of Premiere Stage's New Play Award for "Foster Mom"
Topics of Expertise
Contemporary Theater Playwriting
Music Theater Writing

Chris Cragin-Day is a NYC playwright, librettist, and screenwriter who grew up in Hong Kong, China, and Oklahoma. She is an alumna of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writer’s Group and the O’Neill National Music Theater Conference (where her musical Son of a Gun, co-written with Don and Lori Chaffer of Waterdeep, was workshopped and presented). Her play Martin Luther on Trial received an off-Broadway run followed by two national tours. Her play Foster Mom won the New Play Award at Premiere Stages and received a production there. Her play A Woman was part of 59E59th’s Summer Shorts series. Her musical The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby played at The Fringe NYC, enjoyed five subsequent productions at River and Rail Theater in Knoxville, and is now in pre-production as an animated film. Her play No One Owns Me, co-written with Pia Wilson, played at AD Players in Houston. Most recently, her play Tornado played at the Actor’s Coop in Hollywood. Chris has received
commissions from The Director’s Company NYC, Pacific Theater, Fellowship of the Performing Arts, AD Players, and River and Rail Theatre. She’s working on a musical adaptation of the middle grade novel The Naughtiest Girl in School, commissioned by The Director’s Company, NYC.