The team behind Checkmark.
Founding Artistic Director
Cristina is a Jersey-born, Latina director, writer, and theater maker focused in telling stories that are infrequently told with people who are infrequently seen both on and off stage. By directing new plays and musicals, along with socially conscious adaptations of classic works, Cristina’s mission is to create tolerance and start conversation through authentic, nuanced, storytelling that challenges preconceived notions of what the American Theater can be. Select credits include "RENT," a modernized adaptation "12 Angry Men," "Next Fall," and Anika Benkov’s "The Gift."
Previously, Cristina has worked as the Assistant Director on Caryl Churchill's "Light Shining in Buckinghamshire," directed by Rachel Chavkin at the New York Theatre Workshop, as the Assistant Director on The Public Theater's Mobile Unit Production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," directed by Jenny Koons, and as an SDCF Observer at The Public Theater on "Party People," directed by Liesl Tommy. She spent the summer of 2017 in the Directing Corps at the Williamstown Theatre Festival assistant directing Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class," directed by Jason McDowell Green, and previously worked in the Literary Departments of both the Public Theater and WP Theatre.
Today, Cristina is the Founding Artistic Director of Checkmark Theatre Company and is writing a new series inspired by the life of Marie Antoinette to be developed with Checkmark in 2019. Next, Cristina will be directing Checkmark’s first 29-Hour Workshop of Eliana Pipes’s newest, and currently untitled, play in December of 2018.
Director of Producing and Creative Planning
Ayana parker morrison
Ayana Parker Morrison is an Actor, Writer and Producer hailing from Baltimore, MD. After graduating with a degree in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, she decided to move behind the scenes to producing. Ayana has produced both independent theatre and short form films. Her theatre credits include an East Coast tour of "Kids on Bikes," the one woman show about race and surveillance, written and performed by Nicole Daniels, and "Blood & Water," a new musical about the celebration of loss and grief, written by Francesca Hansen-Dibello. Her film credits include "Eleven Two-Oh Three," written and directed by Jeremy Accime, a short about police brutality in the predominantly Black neighborhood of East Flatbush, Brooklyn. She has also line produced several shorts for Stonestreet Studios in New York, NY. Ayana was the first Producing Fellow at the New York Theatre Workshop as a part of their inaugural 2050 Artistic Fellowship Program. She now works as Executive Producer on the upcoming television show, Three Blind Mice, following the difficult transition from college into adulthood. Ayana is extremely pleased to join the Checkmark team as Director of Producing and Creative Planning and is excited to further develop important new work by up and coming artists.
Social Media Manager
Rechelle Abalos is a Certified Health and Life Coach, a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator and the creator of the blog Reinspired Living. She's all about reinspiring people on what living a plant based life can do on a holistic scale, and has a passion for connecting brands with audiences through social media. She’s gained this experience through her personal platform on Instagram, her blog, and Monthly Meet Up groups in the NYC area. Along with her work at Checkmak, Rechelle also works with the Blood Orange Agency and manages the online platforms of the Smarties Candy Company.