Christi Shannon Kline is an Arkansas native who left her beautiful surroundings to pursue a career in dance. After attending Oklahoma City University she began her entertainment career in Los Angeles and later settled in New York.

Christi began writing as a creative outlet after being sidelined by an injury and the result was a full length play, REUNION, a drama in the Southern Gothic style about an adopted woman who searches for her identity.  REUNION was presented at the National Conference on Adoption in 2010 and subsequently as an Equity Staged Reading at the Drilling Company Theater in Manhattan, with Christi playing the leading role.  Christi also collaborated on the musical, Presto Change-O!, which was presented at  Amas Musical Theater in Manhattan.

Christi’s poetry first premiered as the title and backbone for a ballet of a political nature, SLIPPERY PEOPLE, that she was commissioned to write for a dance company in residence at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.  Since then, Christi has had the good fortune to study by invitation with renowned poet and translator, Marie Ponsot, whom she is grateful to call her mentor.  No Child More Perfect and Other Poems, published by Nirala, is Christi's debut book.

Currently Christi is collaborating on an original  musical, Tap Your Troubles Away, with the creative team of Dan Siretta and Lynn Crigler,
as well as a new poetry collection, currently untitled.

Christi is a member of Actors' Equity Association and the Dramtists Guild.

  .photo by Robert Kim
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