Thee, Christian was born on September 27, 1934 in Long Branch, New Jersey, United States. Son of Walter Christian and Edith Draper (Steinmetz) Thee.
Degree in archaeology and design, University of Southern California, 1964;
degree in stage/lighting/costume design, Columbia University, 1966;
student, Lester Polakov Forum Stage Des, 1968-1971;
design assistant to Joe Mielziner, Ben Edwards and Howard Bay.