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 is thrilled to be on staff as the Artistic Producer at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, a leading home for the development and production of new plays. At City, Reginald directs in and line produces the theater's subscription season; develops and directs new work through the theater's new play development program and annual Momentum Festival of New Plays at Different Stages; oversees the theater's new Directing Observership program for emerging directors; and leads local and national community partnerships and initiatives.


Reginald L. Douglas is the Artistic Producer of City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, a leading center for the development and production of bold new plays. At City, Reginald line-produces and directs in the theater’s six-show season; line-produces and directs in the theater’s annual Momentum Festival of New Plays; directs City’s annual Young Playwrights Festival; oversees casting operations and artistic initiatives; administers City’s Directing Observership program which provides training and mentorship to local emerging directors; and builds community and artistic partnerships both locally and nationally. In addition to his career at City, Reginald directs extensively throughout the country, having worked at venues including the Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights and National Music Theatre Conferences, Playwrights Center, McCarter Theatre, Luna Stage, Theatre Squared, Harlem Stage, the Wild Project, Pershing Square Signature Center, Drama League, Bricolage Production Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Culture Project, Theater Row, BRIC Arts Media, DR2, Soho Playhouse, The Fire This Time Festival at Horse Trade Theatre, and many others. Reginald has developed and directed plays by many acclaimed writers including Jerome Fellow Josh Wilder, Obie Award-winner Nikkole Salter, Amy Evans, Laura Brienza, Angelica Chéri, James MacLindon, Natalia Naman, Bil Wright, Jessica Dickey, and several others. In addition, Reginald has received prestigious fellowships from New York Theater Workshop and The Lark, and assistant directed for several leading players in the field on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally including Emily Mann, Peter DuBois, Sam Gold, Ethan McSweeny, Sam Buntrock, Michael Unger, and others. He is currently on the selection committee for the 2017-18 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship and Mentorship at the Playwrights’ Center and lectures at the Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Theatre Institute and Point Park University. Reginald was named a member of the Actors Studio’s Playwrights and Directors Unit; served on the selection committee for The Lark’s Jerome New York Fellowship and the Pittsburgh Foundation’s 2015 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards and 2016 Regional Artists Program Grants; and served as a judge for the 2016 August Wilson Monologue Competition. Named “One of Top 10 People to Meet” by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Reginald has been profiled by The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Pittsburgh Today Live, The Lynne Hayes-Freeland Show, Soul Pitt Quarterly, and Stage Buddy. His directorial work has been hailed by The New York Times, The Village Voice, Talkin’ Broadway, The Star Ledger, and other leading publications, and his productions of Master Harold…and the boys and Paradox of the Urban Cliché were named Top 10 Shows of 2014 and 2015 respectively. Reginald is a proud graduate of Georgetown University and member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Upcoming work includes City Theatre’s 2016 Young Playwrights Festival, Dominique Morisseau’s Sunset Baby (TheaterWorks Hartford), Charles Mee’s Big Love (Point Park University), and Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy (City Theatre).

Selected Works

Directing Experience


Wild With Happy (upcoming)

Colman Domingo | City Theatre

Big Love (upcoming)

Charles Mee | Point Park University

2016 Young Playwrights Festival* (upcoming)

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


Derek Turnbo | Voices Inside/Out


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


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


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


Josh Wilder | The Fire This Time Festival


Josh Wilder | Rattlestick, Drama League, Alchemical


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


Karima A. Robinson | Abingdon Theatre Company

Fireflies the Musical*

Dmitry Koltunov | DR2/Lark Play Development Center

Old Love/New Love*

Laura Brienza | Luna Stage


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.


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!

Another rave for Mother’s Day

“Colin Drucker’s fine script, well acted by a fine ensemble nimbly guided by director Reginald L. Douglas, comes alive at the New York International Fringe Festival…The brilliant writing is matched by superb acting and direction.”

Check out the review here!

TheaterMania loves Mother’s Day!

“Drucker has a talent for witty repartee and this stellar ensemble (under the stalwart direction of Reginald L. Douglas) knows how to sell it. All of the relationships feel real and specific. We get to know (and even enjoy) this idiosyncratic clan with a penchant for verbal barbs tempered with a lot of love…or so it seems. Your eyes will be glued to the stage as you watch this delicate tapestry of a modern family unravel over the course of two hours.”

Check out the rave review here!

Reginald discusses his work on Mother’s Day

“Deeper than the plot is a play about acceptance and what limits we as people put onto our relationships.  It’s a play about learning to love yourself and deciding who you are.”

Reginald shared his thoughts on directing Mother’s Day with Check out the full interview here!

New York Times spotlights New Brooklyn Theater Reading Series!

Reginald is thrilled to be directing the reading of Dessalines by William Edgar Easton, a play about the 1893 slave rebellion in Haiti, for this very unique and important play series! Come see it on Sunday, July 27th!

Check out the New York Times feature on the series here!

The NY Times says Master Harold is “skillfully directed”!

“This penetrating study in the heritage of hatred is skillfully directed by Reginald L. Douglas. Tony Knotts, who edgily portrays Hally, eloquently registers the character’s shifts in emotion as he struggles with his family issues and succumbs to inbred bigotry. Jamil A. C. Mangan lends a deep, rich voice and a great, inherent dignity to the role of Sam. Beethovan Oden depicts a sweet, high-spirited Willie. These persuasive performances anchor the affecting drama with their easy naturalness.”

Check out the full review here!

DIRECTOR’S CHAIR: Reginald Douglas, Young with Ambition

“Don’t limit yourself; too often we write ourselves into boxes that don’t need to be there, and there’s no one telling you you can’t. No is not the answer until they say no. Take the chance. Hustle. Everyone that I know in their twenties and thirties currently working is out here not sleeping, they’re working and grinding. That commitment and dedication isn’t lost on anyone no matter how old you are and that opened doors for me. Probably the best advice I can give is don’t give up, keep growing, keep learning, keep doing the work.”

Check out my interview with StageBuddy here!

Put Master Harold on your must-see list!

“Fugard’s story is well served in this Luna Stage production. Douglas has dug deep into the script. He’s led the actors to nuanced performances and kept the staging alive and kinetic as a three-quarter stage demands. The Luna Stage production of “Master Harold and the Boys” is a terrific production of a great play. Put it on your must-see list!”

Check out the full review here!

A rave from Talkin’ Broadway!

“Director Reginald L. Douglas has captured Fugard’s richly nuanced details in the interactions among Sam, Willie and Hally so as to present Fugard’s profoundly personal Master Harold to us with its pain, power and glory fully revealed.”

Check out the full review here!

A wonderful review from Baristanet!

“About halfway through the production my heart was grabbed and then pulled, like a clump of hair being braided, into this story. It is the power of fantastic dialogue, powerful actors and great direction…”

Check out the full review here!

The Star Ledger praises Master Harold…and the boys

“Directed with an eye for detail by Reginald L. Douglas, the play follows a coming-of-age story of the young white boy Hally — or Harold — and his relationship with his two black servants, Sam and Willie.”

Check out the whole article here!

Broadway World Announcement

Rehearsals are under way for Reginald’s production of Master Harold…and the boys at Luna Stage. Performances begin January 30th.

Read the article here.

The Fire This Time Festival

Reginald will direct Gravity by Josh Wilder, the inaugural Many Voices Fellow at the Playwright’s Center, as part of the acclaimed Fire This Time Festival in winter 2014!

Read the full press release here.

Luna Stage Announces 2013-14 Season

Reginald will direct Master Harold…and the boys at Luna Stage in winter 2014!

Read the full press release here.

New York Theatre Workshop Announces 2050 Fellowship Recipients

Reginald was recently named the recipient of New York Theatre Workshop’s inaugural 2050 Directing Fellowship!

Read the full article here.

Announcing Ruby Place Nest on the Ground

Ruby Place Nest on the Ground is a poignant, heartfelt play full of beautiful poetics, rich gospel music, and overflowing with love. Angelica’s gift for language and character has resulted in a play that is at once deeply personal and epic in scope and size.” – Reginald L. Douglas

Read the full article from Broadway World here.

A Preview of A Raisin in the Sun

Reginald and cast discuss their production of A Raisin in the Sun.

Great Spectations Reviews A Raisin in the Sun

“The direction by Reginald L. Douglas served the audience a clear and radiant production, its message captivating, its characters sincere.”

Read the full review here.

FIPS reviews A Raisin in the Sun

Read the review here.

Justin Bartha & David Wilson Barnes Visit Scared of Sarah

Check out‘s coverage of All New People stars Justin Bartha & David Wilson Barnes visit to Reginald’s production of Scared of Sarah.

New York Theatre Review: Scared of Sarah

“A harmonious touch…”

Read the review here. Reviews Scared of Sarah

“The relationships at the heart of the play are what matter in Scared of Sarah, and all concerned bring those to the audience with grace and insight.”

Read Martin Denton’s full review here.

Lark Play Development Center Announces Van Lier Fellowship Recipients

Reginald is awarded the inaugural Van Lier Directing Fellowship.

Read the full press release here.


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