Christine Vartoughian is a native New Yorker and first-generation American.

Her debut feature film about love and suicide, Living with the Dead: A Love Story, which she wrote and directed, has been awarded the Audience Choice Award at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, Best First Film and LIIFE, and Best Feature Film at Aberdeen Film Festival in the U.K. It is currently available on iTunes and Amazon Prime VOD in the United States and internationally, with DVDs sold by Barnes & Noble, Target, Best Buy, and Walmart.

She wrote and directed the short film, The Visions of Dylan Bradley, a modern day fable about the dangers of virginity. It traveled to festivals in the U.S. and Europe, and received the Cine Golden Eagle award.

Christine holds a BFA in Drama from SUNY Purchase College where she received the Wadsworth Award for directing Maria Irene Fornes’s The Conduct of Life and was a Presidential Fellow while obtaining her MFA in Film and Television from SCAD.

She is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab and of the female filmmakers collectives, The FilmmakeHers and The Film Fatales.

Watch The Hot Set: Episode Four below to see Christine talk about her feature directorial debut, Living with the Dead: A Love Story