Chicago State University: Professor Christine Houston’s Excellence in Playwriting


Chicago State University, which is home to many minorities in the Windy City, currently has a 75 percent African-American student population. Although it is not a “historically black college or university,” many students will say that it feels like one.

Many famous and successful former students have graduated from this university, such as Kanye West and Godfrey the Comedian. The theater department at Chicago State University is brewing up a new set of plays and will be hosting a play festival this year.


Professor Christine Houston, who lectures in screenwriting at Chicago State University, has been teaching her students how to write proper scripts and pitch them to directors and studios in Hollywood.

Professor Houston is a successful actress, play-write, and award winner. She wrote a a play about her childhood  called “227.” The play was about Houston’s years growing up in the neighborhood now known as Bronzeville.

The play went on to win multiple contests, such as the Lorraine Hansberry, ANTA West, and Norman Lear as well as becoming a hit television series on NBC. Houston’s play was also great enough to win a NAACP Image Award for best play-writing.

She now teaches screenwriting, play-writing, and theater at Chicago State University. Professor Houston’s class at Chicago State University, according to some of the students, is very “direct, encouraging, hands-on, as well as confidence boosting.” On Feb. 19, 2019, she had her students practicing their script writing pitches as preparation for their final exam. They all look to pass and perform in the upcoming play festival that will be held at Chicago State University.

Written By Parris Winfrey

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