An Equity member for 41 years, Ms. Christian, 67, had a long, active career as a stage manager, working at 13 different theatres including the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, the Arena Stage in Washington, the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, and the Juilliard School Theatre Center in New York City. For the last six years prior to her retirement in 2001, she was a business representative for developing theatre in the Eastern region, where she helped many actors and theatres, according to Equity senior business rep Rick Berg. Equity reps are the liaisons between the union and producers. If an amateur theatre wants to become Equity, for example, its board or artistic director would have a relationship with a regional Equity business rep like Ms. Christian.
Born in Orange, NJ, Ms. Christian was a resident of Hockessin, DE for a number of years. She graduated from Mount de Chatel Academy in Wheeling, WV, and earned her master's degree in theatre from Catholic University in Washington, DC.
She is survived by several cousins, and her goddaughter, Deborah Forbush of Fenwick Island, DE.