Cristina Frías in an award-winning actor, educator and storyteller with an MFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS), a BA in Sociology form U.C. Berkeley and a certificate from LAMDA’s Summer Shakespeare Intensive (London). She is known for her work in REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES (Pasadena Playhouse), THE MOTHERF*CKER WITH A HAT (South Coast Repertory), BETWEEN RIVERSIDE and CRAZY (Studio Theatre D.C.) and ROMEO and JULIET (Shakespeare Center LA). She has recently appeared on ANIMAL KINGDOM (TNT), ONE DAY AT A TIME (NETFLIX) and in the Award Winning Web Series THE COUCH as Therapist Carol. She is currently in production for the series FUNNY BROWN PEOPLE.
As a storyteller, Cristina has written and performed solo shows, short plays and sketch-comedy skits throughout the United States, in East Africa, Europe and Latin America. She is a founding member of the seminal San Francisco Latina Theatre Lab and continues to mentor emerging Latina artists and students of color. “Profe Frias” has taught all levels/styles of acting and Latinx theatre (UCLA, AMDA, LAMC, CALARTS). She offers customized workshops and coaching sessions for individual artists, educational institutions and corporate organizations.
Cristina originated the role of DOLORES in MacArthur Genius Fellow/Playwright, Luis Alfaro’s celebrated BLACK BUTTERFLY (Mark Taper Forum/Kennedy Center/Smithsonian) and the role of SPARKY in PLACAS: THE MOST DANGEROUS TATTOO (SFIAF). Other notable performances include work with the acclaimed Latino Comedy Troupe Culture Clash, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Campo Santo, Independent Shakespeare Co., LA Philharmonic@Walt Disney Concert Hall, Getty Villa, Boston Court Theatre, Watts Village Theatre Co., CASA 0101, Cornerstone Theatre Co. and Playwright’s Arena.
Cristina is the recipient of several Artist-In-Residence Awards from the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, a nominee for the Beutner Award for Excellence in the Arts (CalArts) and a semi-finalist for CTG’s Sherwood Award 2018. She is a proud member of Hero Theatre Company, Latinx Theatre Alliance and the SAG-AFTRA-AEA actor unions.