Ana Cristina Buffington

Associate Arts Professor

Gigi Buffington


Ana Cristina Buffington specializes in voice, text, and performance. She is a Brazilian-American and was raised speaking Portuguese and American English. She is resident Director of Voice for Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. Formerly a modern dancer, breath and movement is integral to her work in the theatre.

Broadway credits include Linda Vista by Tracy Letts, Straight White Men (with Armie Hammer) by Young Jean Lee, King Kong Live On Broadway (Performance Coach), book by Jack Thorne.

Selected Off Broadway Productions include Heroes Of The Fourth Turning, by Will Arbery, Directed by Danya Taymor; Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, by Alexis Scheer, Directed by Whitney White; Dying City, Written and Directed by Christopher Shinn, (with Mary Elizabeth Winstead); Mary Page Marlowe, by Tracy Letts, Directed by Lila Neugebauer, (with Tatiana Maslany); Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet, Directed by Eric Tucker; Carrie Coon in, Mary Jane and Placebo; Elizabeth: Texts & Beheadings, Brooklyn Academy Of Music and The Folger; Coriolanus, Red Bull; The Tempest, (with Reggie Cathay), at LaMama.

She has coached three world premieres of Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts’ plays: Mary Page Marlowe, (featuring Carrie Coon), and, The Minutes, Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, and Linda Vista, Directed by Dexter Bullard.  She recently coached the co-production of Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur (Genius) award winner, Bruce Norris’, Downstate, for Steppenwolf and The National Theatre of London, Directed by Pam McKinnon.

For the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet (with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (with David Tennant). She toured with director Tim Carroll’s production of The Merchant Of Venice. She led Voice & Text Workshops from the season’s plays to directors, teachers, and university students at Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, and led teacher- training workshops in Voice & Text in the RSC Rehearsal Studios.

She coached the international site-specific production of The Merchant Of Venice, for the 500-year commemoration of the Jewish Ghetto and the 400-year anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, in the Jewish Ghetto of Venice. The production toured to the Bassano Arts Festival, and Palagalileo Casa Di Reclusione Di Padova, a maximum-security prison in Padua. Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and actor F. Murray Abraham presided over a ‘Mock Trial’ of the play in Venice.

For American Players Theatre: She directed the highly critically acclaimed production of Jean Genet’s The Maids; Director of Voice and Text from 2013- 2017; Pericles, Othello, An Illiad, The Seagull, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet and Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra, The Merry Wives Of Windsor.

She is the only American practitioner trained by Patsy Rodenburg at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she completed her master's degree in Training Actors (Voice). She received a Post Graduate Award from the University of Warwick in The Teaching of Shakespeare in Theory and Practice for Actors and Artists. She completed a two-year Voice, Speech, and Shakespeare’s Texts program with master teacher Robert Neff Williams in New York City, and a two-year Mesiner acting program with master teacher Maggie Flanagan.