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!
Latest News and Updates
Reginald is thrilled to be directing August Wilson’s Two Trains Running at Weston Playhouse in Vermont this fall. The show will star Raphael Peacock, Bernard Gilbert, Eboni Flowers, Guiesseppe Jones, Cary Hite, Lawrence Evans, and Beethovan Oden. Designers include Alexander Woodward (Scenic), Sarita Fellows (Costumes), Amith Chandrashaker (Lighting), and Sinan Refik Zafar (Sound). The show runs from September 27-October 21. Learn more at www.westonplayhouse.org.

Biography

Reginald L. Douglas is the Artistic Producer of City Theatre in Pittsburgh, where he will next direct Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline and Jen Silverman’s The Roommate. Previous City credits include the world premiere of Cori Thomas’ Citizens Market, Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy; and the annual Young Playwrights Festival of One-Act Plays. At City, Reginald curates, line-produces, and directs in the theater’s six-show season and new play development activities; oversees casting operations; and builds community and artistic partnerships. Reginald has directed extensively throughout the country, including work at Eugene O’Neill Center, TheaterWorks Hartford, CATF, Weston Playhouse, Theatre Squared, Playwrights Center, Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh CLO, McCarter, Florida Rep, Luna Stage, Harlem Stage, Wild Project, Signature Center, Drama League, The Lark, and many others. He has developed and directed new work by many acclaimed writers including Cori Thomas, Angelica Chéri, Nikkole Salter, Amy Evans, Zakiyyah Alexander & Imani Uzuri, Matt Schatz, Chisa Hutchinson, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, Josh Wilder, Harrison David Rivers, Korde Arrington Tuttle, Craig “muMs” Grant, Jessica Dickey, Laura Brienza, Kevin R. Free, and several others. Reginald has received fellowships from New York Theatre Workshop and the Lark; was a member of the Actors Studio’s Playwrights and Directors Unit; and has assistant directed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally. Reginald regularly serves on the selection committees for local and national fellowships and grants; has spoken at several national conferences and festivals; and is a guest lecturer at the O’Neill’s National Theatre Institute. He is a proud graduate of Georgetown University and member of SDC.

Selected Works

Directing Experience

 SELECTED PRODUCTIONS 

The Roommate (upcoming)

Jen SIlverman | City Theatre

Pipeline (upcoming)

Dominique Morisseau | City Theatre

Two Trains Running* (upcoming)

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 

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

 RELATED EXPERIENCE 

City Theatre

Artistic Producer, 2015-present

New York Theater Workshop

2050 Directing Fellow, 2013-2014

Lark Play Development Center

Inaugural Van Lier Fellow in Directing, 2011 – 2013

Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2012

Co-Artistic Director, 2011 – 2012

McCarter Theatre Center

Directing and Producing Assistant, 2009 – 2010



* Denotes Premiere

View my resume for more information.

Press

A Rave Review for Citizens Market!

“Like a good New York City supermarket that has everything its neighborhood needs, a strong play like Cori Thomas’ Citizens Market serves up multi-layered characters and their captivating personal stories. Full of laughter and life, this world premiere celebrates an ever-shifting and eclectic America that is at once diverse and reflects often painful experiences.” – Pittsburgh In The Round

Read the full rave review here!

City Paper praises Citizens Market

The Pittsburgh City Paper praises Citizens Market with a great review!

Praise for Citizens Market!

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls Citizens Market a “moving, funny and ultimately uplifting work.” Check out the rave review here!

Broadway World feature on Citizens Market

A glimpse into the process of creating City Theatre’s world premiere production of Citizens Market with Broadway World!

Sunset Baby is named the most provocative drama!”

Sunset Baby was named as one of the most Memorable Moments on Connecticut’s Stages in 2017! Check out the feature here.

Sunset Baby at TheaterWorks was an excitable family drama with highly physicalized performers spouting revolutionary rhetoric. I thought it was the most provocative drama I saw all year.”

KUAF Arts Beat Interview

Reginald discusses The Champion with writer Amy Evans on KUAF Arts Beat!

 

Reginald interviews with The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Reginald discusses The Champion with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Check out the interview here!

Reginald will direct The Champion

Reginald will direct the world premiere of The Champion by Amy Evans at Theatre Squared in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Check out the announcement here.

Praise from Burgh Vivant!

Another great review for Wild with Happy from Burgh Vivant!

Rave Review from Pittsburgh in the Round!

“Douglas’ directorial vision brings all the elements and timing together perfectly in a show that’s both fun filled and a joy to watch.”

Wild with Happy gets a rave review from the Pittsburgh in the Round!

Wild with Happy Tickles All the Way to the Bone!

Wild with Happy gets a rave review from the Pittsburgh Owl Scribe!

Come on Get Happy!

Wild with Happy gets a great review from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette!

It’s Opening Night!

Celebrate Wild with Happy‘s fabulous opening night with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review!

Pittsburgh Tribune Review previews Wild with Happy

Reginald previews Wild with Happy with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review!

Wild with Happy Preview!

Reginald discusses Wild with Happy with Sharon Eberson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Big Love Review

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives Big Love a great review! Cheers to the talented students!

Check out this Big Love Preview

Check out this preview  of Point Park’s Big Love by Charles Mee.

Another Rave for Sunset Baby

Another great review for Sunset Baby at TheaterWorks Hartford. Check out the review here.

“ The canny director of the show, Reginald L. Douglas, has staged Sunset Baby within an inch of its life, in a tight and powerful 90 minute production….Director Reginald L. Douglas is able to expertly mine all the emotions and complexities in Sunset Baby, as well as drawing out such wonderful performances from his actors.”

More Praise for Sunset Baby

Read more praise for Sunset Baby review for here.

A Taut and Dynamic Production

More praise for Sunset Baby! Check out the review here.

“Director Reginald L. Douglas and his talented cast have [given] us a taut and dynamic production.”

Sunset Baby is Expertly Directed!

Big praise for Sunset Baby! Check out the review here.

“Expertly directed by Reginald L. Douglas (this is his highly successful debut at TheaterWorks), the audience is able to suspend time and place and enter the lives of three complex and tormented characters.”

Broadway World raves about Sunset Baby

Broadway World raves about Sunset Baby at TheaterWorks Hartford. Check out the review here.

“Reginald L. Douglas’ direction is strong, coaxing out the raw emotion of the script while not losing the nuances of these very real people.”

Reginald will direct Forever Sunset

Reginald will direct a reading of Forever Sunset by Tobias Forrest as part of the annual Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in the Arts and Disability Conference. Check out the announcement here.

Reginald directs Girl Shakes Loose

Reginald will direct Girl Shakes Loose, a new musical by Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri, at the Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Music Theater Conference. The cast includes Broadway luminaries Christina Sajous, Kevin Mambo, and Laiona Michelle. Check out the announcement here!

Arkansas New Play Festival

Reginald is thrilled to direct Amy Evans’ The Champion at Theatre Squared, as part of the Arkansas New Play Festival, running June 17-26, 2016. Check out this special interview with Reginald about his process and love of new work.

Announcing City Theatre 2016-17 Season

Reginald is thrilled to announce the 2016-17 season of plays at City Theatre. This season, Reginald will direct Wild with Happy by Colman Domingo in Spring 2017. Check out the full line-up here!

Top 10 People to Meet in 2016

Reginald was named “One of Top 10 People to Meet in 2016″ by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette!

Pittsburgh Tribune Review Feature

Reginald’s new position at City Theatre was featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review this fall. Read the full article here!

Reginald directs in City’s Momentum Festival

Reginald begins his tenure as Artistic Producer at City Theatre Company by directing a reading of Jessica Dickey’s new play The Human Court at City Theatre’s annual Momentum Festival of New Plays at Different Stages.

“City Theatre’s commitment to developing and producing new plays that challenge and engage diverse audiences is deeply inspiring,” says Mr. Douglas. “I am honored to join Tracy, the Board and staff in this important work, and look forward to uniting my passion and experience with City’s remarkable track record of artistic excellence.”

Read the full announcement here!

Reginald heads to the O’Neill!

Reginald will direct Josh Wilder’s Leftovers at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, one of the highest-profile new-play development programs in the country! He will be in residence June 25-July 2, 2015.

Read the full announcement in Variety here!

The New York Times praises Paradox of the Urban Cliché

“Verse melts into drama, and love story into Kafkaesque nightmare, in Paradox of the Urban Cliché, whose polished staging by Reginald L. Douglas is part of Poetic Theater Productions’s Poetic License festival…With a fine cast of four and a talented design team — particularly the video designer David Palmer and the sound designer Julian Evans — the new play simmers with anger about injustices both recent and historical.”

Read the full review here!

Stage Buddy calls Paradox of the Urban Cliché “a play you won’t soon shake off”

“Yet in a production that sings, above all else it is the direction that shines brightest. Reginald L. Douglas does incredible work, crafting a finely tuned world, and drawing great depths of emotion and finesse from his actors.”

Read the full review here!

The Village Voice praises Paradox of the Urban Cliché

Paradox acquires potent power, with thoughtfully drawn characters and some head- spinning turns into philosophy. Grant alludes to great themes — power, race, justice — without grandstanding, and he keeps the focus on the inner self in the inner city.”

Read the full review here!

NY Theatre Review loves Paradox of the Urban Cliché

“Director Reginald L. Douglas crafts a space that is immediate and unflinching. The seamless transitions from past to present and the actors’ groundedness in their bodies and voices allow the playwright’s words to blaze across the audience, holding their attention on a hair pin. His words are ingeniously singular and personal.”

Read the full review here!

Announcing Paradox of the Urban Cliché

Reginald is thrilled be directing Paradox of the Urban Cliché by the brilliant Craig ‘muMs’ Grant. Filled with passionate grit, rhythmic hip-hop poetry, and the spirit  of recent events of Ferguson and New York City, the play shines a light on the hope and tragedy of inner-city life with truth and fire. Produced by Poetic Theater Productions, the show stars Clinton Lowe, Mike Carlsen, Eboni Flowers, and W. Tre Davis. Design by Paul Tate DePoo II (scenic), Brad Peterson (lights and video), Liene Dobraja (costumes), Julian Evans (sound), and Travis Bell (props). The production  runs February 5-22 at The Wild Project.

Read the press release here!

Top 10 of 2014!

The Star Ledger names Master Harold…and the boys one of the Top 10 Shows of 2014!

“Athol Fugard’s play about coming of age in apartheid-era South Africa received a lively and ultimately wrenching showing in West Orange in a perceptive production directed by Reginald L. Douglas. Once again, the theater showcased actors who may not have had the celebrity value of those playing other local houses, but who showed ample skill and fit their roles perfectly.”

Read the article here!

Lines in the Dust is a “Masterful Work!”

“This is a play that must be seen, as much for its global relevance as for its local resonance. This is a masterful work that provokes thought while acknowledging past change and encouraging future action. We draw lines in the dust, but the lines and the dust both change.”

Read the full review here!

“Sure-handed direction” of Lines in the Dust

“Salter provides pointed insight into the subject, and her thoughtfully drawn female characters carry it compellingly to its conclusion. Reginald L. Douglas offers sure-handed direction.”

Read the Star Ledger’s review here!

Examiner calls Lines in the Dust “impressively directed”

“This a beautifully written, powerful, exciting, thought-provoking play impressively directed (Reginald L. Douglas) and performed by three exceptional actors (Erin Cherry, Rick Delaney and Dorcas Sowunmi).  This closeness and the power of these performances added to the relevant emotional material takes the viewer (at least this viewer) beyond a mere theatrical presentation to almost active participation, in short, you forget this is a play and almost experience it as reality.”

Check out the review here!

Illuminating “Lines in the Dust” Lights Up Luna Stage!

“Director Reginald L. Douglas employs just the right directorial touch to keep the drama at an appropriate tension while avoiding histrionics. Thus, instead of being a polemic against residency fraud, Lines in the Dust becomes a personal story of three strivers, all of whom are seeking to arrive at (or in the case of Mike, to maintain) success. Luna Stage is to be commended for commissioning plays from young playwrights and giving them polished productions. Once again, the company and playwright have given us riveting, entertaining, illuminating and thought-provoking theater.”

Check out the review here!

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