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

Biography

Reginald L. Douglas is a director, producer, and advocate dedicated to creating new work and supporting new voices, and the Associate Artistic Director at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. 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, Pittsburgh CLO, Arizona Theatre Company, Theatre Squared, Playwrights Center, Profile Theatre, NNPN/Kennedy Center, NNPN Showcase at B Street Theatre, McCarter, Florida Rep, Luna Stage, Harlem Stage, Wild Project, Signature Center, Drama League, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, where he was an inaugural 2050 Directing Fellow, and City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, where he served as the Artistic Producer from 2015-2020.

Reginald has developed and directed plays and musicals by many acclaimed writers including Dominique Morisseau, Cori Thomas, Angelica Chéri, Nikkole Salter, Kemp Powers, Jen Silverman, Ngozi Anyanwu, Matt Schatz, Amy Evans, Zakiyyah Alexander & Imani Uzuri, Brian Quijada, Dave Harris, Chisa Hutchinson, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, Josh Wilder, Harrison David Rivers, Korde Arrington Tuttle, a.k. payne, Craig “muMs” Grant, Jessica Dickey, Laura Brienza, Kevin R. Free, Micah Ariel Watson, and several others. 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 fellowships and grants; has spoken at several national conferences and festivals; and is a guest lecturer at the O’Neill’s National Theatre Institute. Reginald is a proud graduate of Georgetown University and member of SDC, and the recipient of the National Theatre Conference’s 2020 Emerging Professional Award.

Upcoming/Current: An audio version of Mlima’s Tale by Lynn Nottage (Profile Theatre); developmental workshops of Somewhere Over the Border by Brian Quijada (Arizona Theatre Company) and ALAIYO by Micah Areil Watson (NNPN/Kennedy Center); the short film Rita by Josh Wilder (Weston Playhouse One Room series); and an episode of the new media series The Gaze…No Homo by Larry Powell.

Selected Works

Directing Experience

 SELECTED PRODUCTIONS 

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 

Somewhere Over the Border

Brian Quijada | Arizona Theatre Company

ALAIYO*

Micha 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

 RELATED EXPERIENCE 

Studio Theatre

Associate Artistic Director, 2020-present

City Theatre

Artistic Producer, 2015-2020

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

** Denotes Film

*** Denotes Audio Work

Press

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!

Rave Review from WYPR!

Praise for Berta, Berta from WYPR’s theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck! Give the program a listen here!

“A stunning, unforgettable evening”

“Director Reginald L. Douglas has created a stunning, unforgettable evening with two of the most talented, explosive actors – Jason Bowen and Bianca Laverne Jones – you are likely to see on this or any stage.  The passion, the rage, and the heartache are laid bare in a matchless performance that will leave you speechless—and with a far deeper understanding of the challenges that face us.” – DC Metro Theatre Arts

Check out the rave review here!

Praise from DC Theatre Scene

“…the best theater is a conspiracy of storytelling among the playwright, the director (the very fine Reginald L. Douglas) and the actors.” – DC Theatre Scene

Read the full rave review here!

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.

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