Reginald Douglas
A Director with a Vision
As a director and new play development producer with a passion for strong storytelling and works exploring the diversity of the human and American experience, I believe that theater has the power to create conversations that build community and spark change. Check out my portfolio for a glimpse into my work. Thanks for visiting!
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Reginald's production of Dael Orlandersmith's Until the Flood at Studio Theatre has been extended until May 23rd!

Biography

Reginald L. Douglas (he/him/his) is a director, producer, and advocate dedicated to creating
new work and supporting new voices, led by a fervent commitment to Equity, Diversity, and
Inclusion and Anti-Racist Theater practices. He currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director at
Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, where he will next direct a reimagined ensemble production of
Dael Orlandersmith’s revered solo play Until the Flood. At Studio, Reginald helps curate, directs in,
and line produces two subscription seasons, leads casting and artistic hiring, plans and produces
community, donor, and audience engagement events, pilots special artistic projects and
collaborations, and directs and produces new play development activities, while serving on Board
and staff EDI committees, overseeing a department staff of four, and assisting in the senior level
management of the organization’s $4.5 million budget.

As a director, Reginald has developed and directed plays, musicals, and multimedia work by many
acclaimed writers including Dominique Morisseau, Cori Thomas, Angelica Chéri, Lynn Nottage,
Nikkole Salter, Kemp Powers, Jen Silverman, Ngozi Anyanwu, Brian Quijada, Matt Schatz, Amy
Evans, Zakiyyah Alexander & Imani Uzuri, Dave Harris, Francisca Da Silveira, Khalil Kain, Chisa Hutchinson, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, Josh Wilder, Larry Powell, Harrison David Rivers, Donja R. Love, Herb Newsome, Craig “muMs” Grant, Korde Arrington Tuttle, a.k. payne, Jessica Dickey, Laura
Brienza, Kevin R. Free, Brent Askari, Micah Ariel Watson, and several others. His passion and
acumen for both new play development and re-investigating the classics have led him to theaters
across the country, including directing work at Eugene O’Neill Center, TheaterWorks Hartford,
Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Everyman Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Profile Theatre,
Playwrights Realm, Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh CLO, Arizona Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre,
Negro Ensemble Company, Theatre Squared, Cygnet Theatre, Palm Beach Drama Works,
Playwrights Center, NNPN Showcase at B Street Theatre, McCarter, Florida Rep, Third Rail, Luna
Stage, Harlem Stage, Wild Project, Signature Center, Drama League, The Lark where he was the
inaugural Van Lier Fellow in Directing, New York Theatre Workshop where he was an inaugural
2050 Directing Fellow, and City Theatre in Pittsburgh where he served as the Artistic Producer for
five seasons.

As a producer, Reginald has directly developed, dramaturged, and/or produced over 70 new and
contemporary plays, musicals, and multimedia projects by noteworthy playwrights including
Dominique Morisseau, Brian Quijada, Isaac Gomez, Ike Holter, Pig Pen Theatre Company,
Martyna Majok, Carla Ching, Lauren Yee, Lauren Gunderson, Sean Daniels, Matt Schatz, Liza Birkenmeier, Jill Sobule, Kemp Powers, Sharon Washington, Jessica Dickey, Anna Ziegler, Stephen Belber, Steven Dietz, Lindsay Joelle, Keith Reddin, James McManus, Eric Micha Holmes, Caroline McGraw, Claire Kiechel, Catherine Trieschmann, Tammy Ryan, Shua Potter, Kimberly Belflower, Rachel Bonds, Theresa Rebeck, Molly Smith Metzler, Michael Hollinger, Mike Bartlett, and Benjamin Scheuer; and nationally-recognized directors including Chay Yew, Marti Lyons, Stuart Carden, Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Joanie Schultz, Jade King Carroll, Awoye Timpo, Steve H. Broadnax III, Sheryl Kaller, Lisa Peterson, Michael John Garces, Psalmayene 24, Laura Savia, Joshua Kahan Brody, Maria Mileaf, Caitlin Sullivan, Anya Martin, Kyle Haden, Tome Cousin, and Christian Parker.

Throughout his career, Reginald has integrated EDI, community engagement, and education into all
of his work. Professional highlights include: the piloting of a series of “Restorative Relationships”
conversations with local BIPOC community leaders and Studio Theatre; creating and facilitating a complimentary ticket program for DC residents through DC Public Library; creation of a Directing and Producing Fellowship for emerging arts leaders at City Theatre; the EDI-inspired remodeling of
Studio Theatre’s 2021 Apprenticeship program; innovative, strategic partnerships with universities
including Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University, the University of Pittsburgh, and
Howard University; commissioning of Pittsburgh-based, hip-hop youth group 1Hood Media to
create an original score for his production of Pipeline; fundraising for Anti-Racism Advocates to
assist in the development and production of Isaac Gomez’s PerkUp PerKup; commissioning of
creative projects centering Black artists and voices in response to Juneteenth, the March on
Washington, and the ongoing fight for racial justice at Studio Theatre; and supervising the painting
of public murals and the opening of Studio’s lobby to marchers in support of the Black Lives Matter
protests of Summer 2020. In addition, Reginald is currently a guest lecturer in directing and
producing at the New School and O’Neill’s National Theatre Institute, and has previously taught
and directed at Carnegie Mellon University, Boston University, University of Missouri at Kansas
City, Point Park University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Reginald currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National
New Play Network; regularly serves on the selection committees for local and national awards,
fellowships, and grants; has spoken at several national conferences, festivals, and panels; and is an
active member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, where he serves on the
Anti-Racism Best Practices Task Force and Board Nominating Committee. A proud graduate of
Georgetown University, Reginald was recently named the recipient of the National Theatre
Conference’s 2020 Emerging Professional Award.

Selected Works

Directing Experience

 SELECTED PRODUCTIONS 

White Noise (upcoming)

Suzan-Lori Parks | Studio Theatre

Roadkill*** (upcoming)

Amy Evans | Audible

Until the Flood**

Dael Orlandersmith | Studio Theatre

Mlima’s Tale***

Lynn Nottage | Profile Theatre

Rita**

Josh Wilder | Weston Playhouse: One Room Series

The Gaze…No Homo (Episode 5)**

Larry Powell

UNTITLED: A New Musical Comedy About Serious Drama*

Matt Schatz | Pittsburgh CLO

Berta, Berta

Angelica Chéri | Everyman Theatre

Break It Down

Herb Newsome | New Horizon Theatre

One Night in Miami…

Kemp Powers | City Theatre

Good Grief

Ngozi Anyanwu | Pittsburgh Playhouse

Berta, Berta

Angelica Chéri | National Black Theatre Festival

Oklahoma!

Rodgers & Hammerstein | Weston Playhouse

The Roommate

Jen Silverman | City Theatre

Pipeline

Dominique Morisseau | City Theatre

Two Trains Running

August Wilson | Weston Playhouse

Berta, Berta*

Angelica Chéri | CATF

Citizens Market*

Cori Thomas | City Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors

Ashman and Menken | University of Pittsburgh

The Champion*

Amy Evans | Theatre Squared

Wild With Happy

Colman Domingo | City Theatre

Big Love

Charles Mee | Point Park University

Sunset Baby

Dominique Morisseau | TheatreWorks Hartford

2016 Young Playwrights Festival*

Various Writers | City Theatre

2015 Young Playwrights Festival*

Various Writers | City Theatre

Paradox of the Urban Cliché*

Craig muMs Grant | Wild Project

Lines in the Dust*

Nikkole Salter | Luna Stage

Mother’s Day*

Colin Drucker | NYC Fringe Festival

Seeds of Abraham*

Angelica Chéri | Billie Holiday Theatre

The Sweat*

Jon Spano | Variations Theater Group

Prison Play*

Archie Maddocks | New Light Theater Project

Master Harold…and the Boys

Athol Fugard | Luna Stage

Conviction*

Derek Turnbo | Voices Inside/Out

Gravity*

Josh Wilder | The Fire This Time Festival

Lorimer Street Station*

Kevin Armento | INTAR Theatre

Ruby Place Nest on the Ground*

Angelica Chéri | Pershing Square Signature Center

Turn this Motha Out*

Kevin R. Free | Harlem School of the Arts

You Can’t Die Here aka Not Normal*

Paul Notice | Culture Project

A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry | The Gallery Players

The Lost Light*

Jackie Danziger | Center for Performance Research

Scared of Sarah*

Laura Brienza | LaMama First Floor Theatre

Amari’s Tomorrow*

Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid | McCarter Theatre

The Body Washer

Rosemary Frisino Toohey | The Access Theatre

…And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi*

Marcus Gardley | Georgetown University

 SELECTED READINGS & WORKSHOPS 

Roadkill***

Amy Evans | Audible

American Fast*

Kareem Fahmy | Capital Repertory Theatre

Fireflies

Donja R. Love | Ford’s Theatre

Lambs to Slaughter*

Khalil Kain | Negro Ensemble Company

The Wiring and the Switches*

Angelica Chéri | Cygnet Theatre

not-for-profit (or the diversity, equity, and inclusion play)*

Francisca Da Silveira | Playwrights Realm

Somewhere Over the Border*

Brian Quijada | Arizona Theatre Company

White Party*

Brent Askari | Florida Rep

Detroit ’67

Dominique Morisseau | Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Paradise Blue

Dominique Morisseau | Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Crumbs from the Table of Joy

Lynn Nottage | Palm Beach Dramaworks

Becoming Forgotten

Josiah Turner | Kennedy Center

ALAIYO*

Micah Ariel Watson | Kennedy Center/NNPN

Shitty Shitty Terrible Bad Remorse

Dave Harris | Studio Theatre

Incendiary

Dave Harris | City Theatre

Burnbabyburn*

a.k. payne | City Theatre

Somewhere Over the Border*

Brian Quijada | Pittsburgh CLO

Amerikin

Chisa Hutchinson | National New Play Network Showcase

Djarum Vanilla*

Cary Simolwitz | Kennedy Center/NNPN

The Burdens

Matt Schatz | City Theatre

P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm | City Theatre

Berta, Berta*

Angelica Chéri | Florida Rep

An Untitled New Play by Justin Timberlake*

Matt Schatz | Pittsburgh CLO/City Theatre

Amerikin

Chisa Hutchinson | City Theatre

And All the Dead Lie Down

Harrison David Rivers | City Theatre

Reluctant to Burn

Korde Arrington Tuttle | Lark Play Development Center

Citizens Market

Cori Thomas | City Theatre

Lilies Bloom

Josh Wilder | Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Theatre Institute

Forever Sunset

Tobias Forrest | City Theatre

Girl Shakes Loose

Zakiyyah Alexander & Imani Uzuri | Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Music Theatre Conference

The Champion

Amy Evans | Theatre Squared, BRIC Arts Media

Feeding the Dragon

Sharon Washington | City Theatre

Leftovers

Josh Wilder | Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference

To The Light

Bil Wright | Harlem Stage

The Human Court

Jessica Dickey | City Theatre

The Sting of White Roses

Angelica Chéri | The Fire This Time Festival

Gravity

Josh Wilder | The Fire This Time Festival

Leftovers

Josh Wilder | Rattlestick, Drama League, Alchemical

Dessalines

William Edgar Easton | New Brooklyn Theater

To The Light

Bil Wright | Ripley Grier

Lilies Bloom

Josh Wilder | Playwrights’ Center

The Three Es

Jason Aaron Goldberg | New York Theatre Workshop

The Stone Will Roll

Josh Wilder | New York Theatre Workshop

The Power Play

Susan Kathryn Hefti | New York Theatre Workshop

Ivory

Karima A. Robinson | Abingdon Theatre Company

Fireflies the Musical

Dmitry Koltunov | DR2/Lark Play Development Center

Old Love/New Love

Laura Brienza | Luna Stage

* Denotes Premiere

** Denotes Film

*** Denotes Audio Work

Press

Reginald’s Vision for Theater in 2020

“I want to be a part of telling stories that are full of truth, and truth is not trauma alone. Truth is pushing through, resilience in the face of trauma. And understanding that really lets us understand what empathy could mean. I’m in the business of empathy. My job as an artist is to create empathy, deepen understanding of our neighbors. And that’s the power of an organization like Studio Theatre, and that’s the power I think we’re leaning into in this moment. We have a responsibility to our community. Even though our stage is dark, our job is to foster conversations and connections and bring people together.” – Reginald discusses his vision for the field and work at Studio Theatre with DC Metro Theatre Arts

Read the full interview here!

Reginald interviews with Georgetown University’s Alumni Association

“In a world and in a culture that so often feels like it wants me dead, I am here to tell stories about life. And to do that work now as these dual pandemics attack our world is a gift, a duty, and a responsibility that I do not and will not take lightly.” – Reginald discusses his career and vision with Georgetown University’s Alumni Association

Read the full interview here!

Reg shares his vision for Mlima’s Tale

Reginald chats with Profile Theatre’s Director of Community Engagement Bobby Bermea about his vision and process for creating Mlima’s Tale. Listen to the full interview here!

A Rave Review for Mlima’s Tale

“This production, directed by Reginald L. Douglas, is so vibrant and alive that I could easily fill in the visuals with my imagination. […] a remarkably multisensory experience” – Broadway World

Read the full rave review here!

“A powerful and moving theatrical experience!”

“The production mounted by Profile Theatre could not be better.” – Judy Nedry

Read Oregon’s Judy Nedry’s rave review here!

Praise from Oregon Arts Watch

Praise from Oregon Arts Watch. Read Bob Hick’s great review here!

Praise for Mlima’s Tale

“It’s a requiem for Mlima, and also a character study of the people impacted by his death—participants in a cycle of conquest, survival and death that director Reginald L. Douglas and his cast have brought to hauntingly vivid life..” – The Willamette Week

Read the full review here!

Reginald discusses The Breath Project

“This exciting, artist-led initiative celebrates the power of art to reflect the world back to us in poignant, powerful ways and is a reflection our organization’s deep commitment to thoughtful community engagement.” - Reginald discussing The Breath Project in DC Metro Theatre Arts

Reginald in the Washington Blade

“It was freeing for actors who aren’t always the lead artist on a project,” he says. “We had seven African-American actors – a diverse group in terms of age, background, skin tone, and sexual orientation – going from the stage to the street in support of a cause that’s on people’s minds.” - Reginald discussing Studio’s March on Washington Reflections project

Read Reginald’s interview with the Washington Blade here!

The NY Times praises Rita

“I especially enjoyed Jakeem Dante Powell, whose feelings shift like the colors of a mood ring in “Rita,” by Josh Wilder. The story of a young Black man sequestering in his apartment, it is, in part, a portrait of boredom, in which “I tried something new today” is a refrain that changes its meaning with each repetition. (Reginald L. Douglas is the deft director.) But it is also, by suggestion, about political engagement, and brings to that subject an allusive grace lacking in some other treatments of the theme.” – The New York Times

Read the full Critic’s Pick review here!

Reginald receives the National Theater Conference’s 2020 Emerging Professional Award!

Reginald receives the National Theater Conference’s 2020 Emerging Professional Award! Read the full announcement here!

Studio Theatre Has Named Reginald as New Associate Artistic Director

Reginald is thrilled to announce that he has been hired as the Associate Artistic Director of Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. He begins his tenure in January 2020.

Read the full press release here!

A Theatrical Knockout!

“As a night at the theater, “One Night In Miami” moves about in a finite space in one act with beautiful calculation, yet it packs a wallop.” – The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Read the full rave review from Gene Collier here!

“Powers has set the theatrical bar high, then sailed over it with ease.”

“Reginald L. Douglas directs with a sly, hidden intelligence and talent knowing exactly how to shape the work without having it looked shaped at all; this is an event that just seems to be taking place for the first time right in front of you.” – The Pittsburgh Current

Check out the full rave review for One Night in Miami… here!

Praise from City Paper!

“Portrayals of Black male friendship are seldom this nuanced, vulnerable, and loving, so it’s fitting that Douglas calls the play a “love letter to Black men and a celebration of all our differences, perspectives, and opinions.” There is no shortage of horror and heartbreak foreshadowed in the characters’ words, but it’s the warmth captured between these friends on this night that shines through the brightest.  ” – Pittsburgh City Paper

Check out the full review for One Night in Miami… here!

It’s a KO!

Check out Recital’s great review of One Night in Miami… here!

Behind the Scenes!

Hear Reginald’s thoughts on his production of One Night in Miami… on the City Speaks podcast!

Buzz builds for One Night in Miami…

“It takes history and reimagines it for the present. It tackles big themes, such as black masculinity and black legacy, and has the power of re-evaluating America’s past through a very human story.” – Reginald L. Douglas on One Night in Miami…

Check out Reginald’s full interview here!

Explosively Good!

“‘Good Grief’ At Pittsburgh Playhouse Is ‘Explosively Good!’ – Pittsburgh Current

Check out this rave review for Reginald’s production of Good Grief here!

Big Praise from Vermont.com

“Ultimately, this production is less about history, and more a lesson about different groups coming together to build a community and share in a common future. In today’s fractious times, we can all use that lesson. If farmers and cowboys can be friends, surely WE can be, too. Perhaps a little more listening and a whole lot more singing and dancing with our neighbors would help. This play is over 70 years old, but this production is “brand new.” – Vermont.com

Check out the rave review Reginald’s production of Oklahoma! here!

A great piece of musical theater well-performed!

“The refreshing Weston production, directed by Reginald L. Douglas, added new spins and turns, including new choreography, but underscoring its essence rather than changing it. It was an exciting and beautiful night.” – The Rutland Herald

Check out the rave review Reginald’s production of Oklahoma! here!

The Magical Power of Theater

“To me, this is the magical power of theater. In this sacred space, we can come together as one Weston community and reflect upon our world as it is and as we dream for it to be!” – Reginald L. Douglas

Check out the program note for Reginald’s production of Oklahoma! here!

Reg discusses Oklahoma!

Check out this special video interview about Oklahoma! at Weston Playhouse!

Buzz builds for Oklahoma!

“I wanted to tell a story in 2019 that’s rooted in history” – Reginald L. Douglas in conversation with the Rutland Herald

Read the full preview article here!

Announcing Oklahoma!

“Featuring a wonderfully diverse cast of actors and musicians, our production of the classic musical re-imagines what the fabric of a community can look, sound, and feel like with vigor, ingenuity, and an abundance of joy!” – Reginald L. Douglas

Check out the official announcement of Reginald’s production of Oklahoma! here!

Praise from City Paper!

“The characters are so vivid and lived-in, the acting so powerful, the script so funny and lively, the play doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel in its plot. The innovation happens elsewhere.”

Praise for The Roommate in City Paper!

Praise from the Post-Gazette!

Check out this great review of The Roommate at City Theatre here!

Buzz for The Roommate

“When Jen [Silverman] wrote the play, she wanted to write roles into the theatrical canon for women who she knew but wasn’t seeing onstage, and that’s a real City Theatre mantra, to put all kinds of people—real diversity of our world—onstage for our audience,” he says. “And that includes women over fifty who may or may not sell drugs.” – Reginald L. Douglas

Check out this special feature in Pittsburgh Current for The Roommate!

“Pipeline is a superbly crafted play.”

“Pipeline is a superbly crafted play. Place this award-winning playwright’s efficient knot of action, characterization and poetic language in the capable hands of City Theatre’s artistic team and audiences get 90 minutes of powerful theatre that is realistic and relevant.” – Pittsburgh In The Round

Check out the full rave review here!

Rave Review from The Pittsburgh Current

“You’re not likely to find a script more “of the moment” than Pipeline and Morisseau can be credited for bringing the story forward in such an urgent manner. The play is 90 minutes (without intermission) and thanks to Reginald L. Douglas’s supercharged direction the show moves with a dangerous, jittering energy.” – The Pittsburgh Current

Check out the full review for Pipeline here!

Praise from Pittsburgh City Paper!

Check out this great review for Pipeline from Pittsburgh City Paper!

Praise from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The title of Dominique Morisseau’s play refers to the school-to-prison pipeline that can await mostly disadvantaged or minority students as a result of zero-tolerance policies. That is the framework, certainly. But the body and soul of the work is about a family and education system in crisis, as told in a riveting production directed by Reginald Douglas for City Theatre.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Check out the rave review here!

Reginald featured on The Pittsburgh Current Podcast

Watch Reginald discuss Pipeline on The Pittsburgh Current‘s podcast here!

Reginald featured on NPR

Listen to Reginald on NPR discussing DOminique Morisseau’s Pipeline here!

Pittsburgh Current Preview of Pipeline

Check out this preview article on Pipeline from here!

A Rave Review for Two Trains Running

“Any production of Two Trains Running can succeed only if the play’s seven actors inhabit its simple uncluttered set as a fully-blended ensemble. Gloriously, the cast of this Weston production, directed by Reginald L. Douglas, prove themselves equal to the task.” – The Chester Telegraph

Read the full rave review here!

“Well acted and well directed and well produced”

Check out this rave review for Two Trains Running from The Berkshire Bright Focus!

Two Trains Running is “touching and entertaining!”

“More than just creating the plot, the characters’ stories define them. In the Weston production, directed by Reginald L. Douglas, the portrayals come to life in a way that is intimate and makes them easy to care about. Without ever becoming sentimental, this a love story about everyday people, their struggles and the humor of their foibles.” – The Rutland Herald

Check out the full rave review here!

Praise for Two Trains Running!

“Director Reginald L. Douglas gives full weight to the comedy Wilson embedded in the play. The production bubbles with laughter as the characters steer through their troubles with humor. But Douglas is equally adept at showing sparks of romance and building somber moments, and he has helped this ensemble work beautifully together.” – Seven Days

Read the full rave review here!

Two Trains Running Interview with Rutland Herlad

“It’s actually a wonderfully funny, rich tapestry of characters. There are lots of laughs, lots of smiles we’ve been discovering, as well as the depth of emotions.”

Check out the full article here!

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