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    Christina Kallas is a writer/producer, book author, and since January 2006 President of the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE).  She earned her B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies at Freie Universität Berlin; during which time she was a Daimler-Benz-Stiftung fellow.  She taught screenwriting at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, at the International Film School in Cologne, at the Scuola Holden per le Techniche Narrative in Torino, in the Film Department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in the Goldberg Department for Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in 2010 and has also taught . Credits as a writer and/or producer include the feature films “i.d” (Parallax/Polygram, 1994); “Love Lies” (First Film Award at the Munich film Festival in 1997), “The Commissioner” (official competition of the Berlin Film festival in 1998); and “Mothers” (Toronto International Film Festival 2010, Berlin Film Festival 2011), as well as several episodes of the Best German TV-awarded series  Edel & Starck  (2001 – 2003) and Danni Lowinski  (2010). She is the author of five books, among them “Creative Screenwriting. Understanding Emotional Structure“ (Palgrave/MacMillan, London/New York, 2010). In 2010 she founded the  Writers Improv Studio  in New York City.  The studio focuses on the art of improvisation as a method for writing, and is an exploration space for immersive storytelling where actors and writers work together using Kallas’s method of blending improvisation and emotional structure theory. Kallas is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Film Division, and at The New School for Media Studies.