Christina Benthall

Christina Benthall

At fourteen, 1888639_10152200703367943_912547969_n was casually encouraged to check out a “Street Jazz” class by one of her schoolmates, Marifel, who just happens to also be a well-respected alumni of Sharmila Dance. That one casual day changed her life forever.

Through Sharmila’s devotion as a teacher and discipline as a trainer, a spirit was sparked and she began to live a life of love and passion through dance.

She attended The London Dance Studio in London, England with fellow dance-mate alumni and life-long friend Rana Roy. She followed this with a few successful and wonderful years dancing for The Sharmila Dance Company back in Dubai, performing in many shows and creating many memories.

Eventually, Christina moved independently to Los Angeles and attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She studied acting for three years, dutifully focusing on theatre and holds a BA in Liberal Arts.

She has studied with Hank Azaria, Alfred Molina and has been a proud past-member of the award winning theatre company City Garage based in Santa Monica, CA.

 

Christina has worked for The Kodak Theatre and has been blessed to have been able to work events such as The Oscars.

Over the years Christina has studied film and branched out into different creative outlets such as writing and voiceovers.

In 2014 her screenwriting debut short film “Parker and Elle” received an audience recognition award at the Chicago International Film Festival and won Best LGBT Film at the Hollywood Independent Film Festival. This year she starred in the short film “Stage Five” that has been selected for the 2015 Sundance Festival review.

Her writing is also recognized in the corporate world where she has written for one of the biggest property-development companies in Southern California, Alliance Residential. She is responsible for the backbones of their marketing campaigns.

Her writing has just been featured in Sports Illustrated where she covered a featured designer Andi Wallace and his swimsuit collection Haus of Pink Lemonaid that has been worn by celebrities including Nicki Minaj (Anaconda video) and JLO.

Christina broke out into the voiceover industry earlier this year, being blessed with gigs from Google apps, JC Penny, Family Clinic Australia and the video game franchise “Angry Birds”.

She is also a certified and active teacher for Xtend Barre in Los Angeles and following the footsteps of the women she adored so much growing up, Christina proudly teaches dance and gymnastics to children from K-12 to middle school grades.

 

Christina still lives in LA, continues to write, explore ad pursue her creative dreams, pursuing an honest way of life as a true jack-of-all-trades.