Ana Cristina Buffington

Arts Professor

Gigi Buffington


BA, Columbia College Chicago
MA, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Training Actors (Voice)
PG Award, University of Warwick, The Teaching of Shakespeare in Theory and Practice for Actors and Artists


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

Film: She is the Dramaturg/ Text Consultant for Spike Lee and Ron Wimberley’s screenplay, Prince Of Cats

Broadway credits include Slave Play, by Jeremy O. Harris, Clyde’s by Lynn Nottage (with Uzo Aduba and Ron Cephas Jones), Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu (the first play to re-open Broadway theater after COVID-19 closings, NYT Critic’s Pick),The Minutes, by Tracy Letts; Linda Vista by Tracy Letts, (NYT Critic’s Pick); Straight White Men, by Young Jean Lee, (NYT Critic’s Pick), and King Kong Live On Broadway.

Off Broadway credits include The Thin Place, by Lucas Hnath (NYT Critic’s Pick); Heroes Of The Fourth Turning, by Will Arbery (NYT Critic’s Pick); Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, by Alexis Scheer (NYT Critic’s Pick); Dying City, by Christopher Shinn; Mary Page Marlowe, by Tracy Letts (NYT Critic’s Pick); Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet, Adaptation by Eric Tucker; Elizabeth: Texts & Beheadings, by Karin Coonrod; Coriolanus, Red Bull; The Tempest, (with Reggie Cathay), at LaMama.

Steppenwolf Theater Company, five seasons: BUG featuring Carrie Coon and Namir Smallwood, Linda Vista, The Minutes  and Mary Page Marlowe, by Tracy Letts; Dance Nation by Clare Barron; True West by Sam Sheppard; The Great Leap by Lauren Yee; Lindiwe, written and directed by Eric Simonson, with Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Downstate, for Steppenwolf and the National Theatre of London, by Bruce Norris; Wig Out, by Tarell McCraney and Tina Landau; The Children by Lucy Kirkwood; A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath; LaRuta by Isaac Gomez; Familiar by Danai Gurira; Guards At The Taj by Rajiv Joseph; The Doppelganger (An International Farce) by Matthew-Lee Erlbach; You Got Older by Clare Barron; BLKS, by Aziza Barnes; The Rembrandt; HIR, by Taylor Mac; The Christians, by Lucas Hnath; Visiting Edna, by Terry Kinney.

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 in Venice 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.