about me

I am a born Jersey Girl by way of North Carolina and Arizona. You would think being raised in two of the reddest states at the time, my experience would be one filled with anger, as the child of immigrants.

Despite the stereotypes given to my childhood towns, Charlotte and Chandler, I was consistently surrounded by kindness of our American community.  Our neighbors on Painted Tree Road were caring, loving people, and we truly did live the white picket fence life...because of them. You would think we were a United Colors of Benetton ad when we were busy playing in the dirt on our Huffy bikes. In Chandler, even if our neighbors were making bullets in the garage, they were also looking out for us in times of need. 

This is the world I grew up in. I refuse to apologize for it. When my parents came to this country with nothing, they brought with them open minds and hearts, and attracted a wealth of like minded human beings into their new life. I am a product of them, and as I self analyze, it makes sense why I gravitate to the work I do - theatre and film that challenges and celebrates the infinite circumstances of human experience.

Difference can pull people apart, but what if it brought us together because of a shared exploration of the unknown? What if the good, bad and ugly in our art disarmed us into learning something new about one another? I hope I can achieve this through my passion in theatre and film - it's the best way I know how.

affiliations

Member, Lincoln Center Directors Lab

Member, Director's Lab West

Board of Directors, Theatre of NOTE (past)

Co-founder, Off-Chance Productions

theatre

Reena Dutt is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab (New York City), Directors Lab West (Los Angeles), and a Semi Finalist for Dramaleague's Hangar Directing Fellowship.

In theatre, her work has been seen in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She has directed at A Noise Within in conjunction with East West Players (staged reading of SNOW IN MIDSUMMER by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig), the Road Theatre (staged reading of KISSING CHE by Augusto Federico Amador), and Sacred Fools (staged reading of MONKEY LOVE by Madhuri Shekar).

 

Prior to that she Assistant Directed for Jo Bonney at The Geffen Playhouse on Jose Rivera’s world premier of THE UNTRANSLATABLE SECRETS OF NIKKI CORONA, and Dramaleague's Jennifer Chang on the Fountain Theatre's Los Angeles premier of HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO. 

 

In November 2019 she will open the world premier of DEFENDERS by Cailin Harrison at The Broadwater, and in March 2020, the West Coast Premier of ANTIGONE, PRESENTED BY THE GIRLS OF ST. CATHERINE’S by Madhuri Shekar on the Sacred Fools stage.

Dutt also directs for film and television and has an extensive producing history.

 

She is a graduate of the Media Arts program at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and the acting program at William Esper Studio, New York. Most important, Dutt is a city girl with a country soul who creates with a conscience, on and off screen. 

Reena Dutt. Photo courtesy of
Troy Blendell Photography.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING...

"Under Reena Dutt’s direction...“Rise and Shine” is both uplifting for the soul and a feast for the eyes."

 

Ernest Kearney, WorkingAuthor.com

“The play felt like it was 10 minutes long because of their immense talents, and the sharp, poignant direction of Reena Dutt. Don’t miss this show, it’s heartbreaking and wonderful.”

 

Theatre Unleashed

“…the clues that are written one by one into Morillo’s script, drawn beautifully on stage by Reena Dutt’s direction…Endearing and heartbreaking.”

 

Gia On The Move

“Beautiful and touching. It’s theater at its very bones. The combination of Matt Morillo’s writing and Reena Dutt’s direction are a winning combination.”

 

LA Theatrebites

"The best part of working with Reena...If she chose to work with you, it’s because she feels passionately about what you’re doing."

VIctoria Watson

Producer

"One of the great joys of this production was the collaborative spirit that Reena fostered among the team."

Rick Zimmerman

Lighting Designer

"Her process is thoughtful, organic and intensely focused while still bringing a cheerful positive vibe to every meeting, workshop and rehearsal."

Cailin Harrison

Playwright

"Reena has the ability as a director to see and create the world of the play that lies between the playwright's words." 

Laura Emanuel

Actress