Christina Bradford is a writer, actor, visual artist, and aspiring historian.
Christina was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent her childhood moving nearly every three years across the country and world with her mother and father. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Arizona, Texas, New York, California, and Holland.
Through early childhood experiences, including a formative encounter with a Holocaust survivor during a visit to Dachau concentration camp, Christina developed an avid interest in WWII and Holocaust history. Holocaust and Genocide studies is a central theme in Christina’s work as a writer and in her work as a film student. In 2012 she wrote, produced, and directed a USC short film entitled ‘Rena’; a fictionalized tribute dedicated to the Holocaust survivor who left such an impact on her. Christina has traveled on multiple research trips to Poland and Germany in order to visit and photograph Holocaust sites including; Auschwitz, Dachau, Belzec, Sobibor, Mauthausen, Buchenwald, Ravensbruck, the Warsaw ghetto, Lodz ghetto, and Krakow ghetto.
Christina attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York for her freshman year of college, studying painting and film. The following year she moved to Los Angeles, California to attend The University of Southern California and pursue film studies. Christina also studied at the Hebrew Union College Judaic Studies department where she undertook learning Hebrew. In order to learn level three Hebrew, she traveled to Haifa University in Israel where she participated in the Israeli language learning Ulpan program. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from USC in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Television Production from the School of Cinematic Arts.
Christina has continued to be an avid traveller and has formed a close kinship and mentorship teachers of Z mindfulness meditation, Ajay and Suruchi Kapoor, in Dharamsala, India. Traveling many times to attend mediation retreats, she developed a deep bond with her teachers and considers them to be a second family. She continues to nurture a spiritual practice which compliments and invigorates her passion for truthful character study and has reinforced her commitment to Holocaust studies and genocide prevention advocacy.
Christina is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Writing and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is also in her second year in the Meisner Technique Acting Studio where she is learning the method technique as taught by Sanford Meisner. The subject of her MFA manuscript is an amalgamation of her core search for truthful behavior through character study, and explorations of the legacies of trauma throughout history.