Creative Writing Faculty
Christina Lazaridi is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and an expert in dynamic story design. Projects she has authored, or actively developed, have won awards at Cannes and Berlin Film Festivals, Oberhousen, Sarajevo Film Festival, Sundance, SXSW and the Ariels (Mexican Oscars), among others. Her most recent feature film, Nobody’s Watching, (co-written with director J. Solomonof) was nominated in six categories for the esteemed 2018 Silver Condor Awards where Lazaridi and Solomonoff won the 2018 Silver Condor Award for best original screenplay. Nobody’s Watching was released internationally to wide critical claim, and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick.
Lazaridi was born in Greece where she grew up in the theater, in a household of politicians and powerful performers. Her work focuses on high emotional impact narratives and her performance-centered screenplays have attracted major collaborators: Her first feature film Coming Up Roses (co-written with dir. L. Albright) starred Broadway icon Bernadette Peters and introduced Rachel Brosnahan. Her historical documentary Varian and Putzi: A 20th Century Tale, was directed by Academy Award-winner Richard Kaplan and was released theatrically at the Museum of Modern Art. In 2017 Christina’s first produced screenplay in Greece, Rosa of Smyrna, was a box office sensation and her most recent feature script, Murina, (co-authored with director A. Kusijanovic) will be co-produced by Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Prods and RT Features in 2019.
Christina runs an international consulting practice on audience-focused storytelling and dynamic story design. She has taught extensively at Columbia University’s Graduate film division and has mentored filmmakers through major film festivals (Sundance, Toronto), writing programs, and multiple production companies. She is a co-founder and board member of the script development think-tank Cine Qua Non Labs in Mexico, and she is the Director of Studies at the Mediterranean Film Institute. Her three books on screenwriting methodology were commissioned and published by the Mediterranean Film Institute and the European Union’s Creative Europe Program.
Lazaridi joined the faculty at Princeton University in 2008 where she led the creation of the thriving screenwriting curriculum and screenwriting track for Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing. She has recently partnered with Princeton's Neuroscience Institute and Uri Hasson’s lab to investigate the representation of storytelling principles in the human brain. The first results of their collaborative research will be released in 2019.
Christina Lazaridi holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.F.A. from Columbia University.
Rosa of Smyrna (2016)
Coming Up Roses (2011)