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Reena Dutt is a city girl with a country soul who believes in creating with a conscience, on and off the stage and screen. Being born in Jersey as a child of immigrants, and raised in the South and Southwest, she has a pure love for all the stories born and bred through the uniqueness of the American Diaspora. 

Upcoming:  AMERICAN FAST (Constellations Screen and Stage), YELLOW FACE (UC Riverside), THIS IS NOT A TRUE STORY (Artists At Play). New York:  ACCIDENTAL FEMINIST by Alaudin Ullah (Lenfest, Columbia University), BRUISED by Vivienne Glance (Development, Playwrights Realm),DirectorFest (A.R.T. New York, Drama League), UNTITLED ELEGY PLAY (Development, New Dramatists). Regional:  THE HOMBRES by Tony Meneses (Artists Repertory Theatre), REFUGEE RHAPSODY by Yussef El Guindi (S/R, Artists Repertory Theatre). West Coast: UC Riverside, Greenway Court Theatre, East West Players, Sacred Fools. Assistant/Associate Director:  Manhattan Theatre Club (dir. Kwame Kwai-Armah, MTC, TBA), Cullud Wattah (dir. Candis Jones, The Public), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (dir. Jennifer Chang, The Fountain Theatre), The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona (dir. Jo Bonney, Geffen Playhouse). Theatre Fellowships: Drama League NY Directing Fellow, LCT Directors Lab, Directors Lab West.
 
Dutt is also a film director and producer having screened films at over 80 festivals worldwide including Sundance, LAFF, Outfest, Frameline, Cucalorous, NBCUniversal, BET, PBS/Latino and HBO. Her most recent short film, FOUND, brings voice to transracial adoption through fictional storytelling from the adoptee’s point of view, and is currently touring the festival circuit in conjunction with private events with adoption organizations across the country. Dutt directed TOO MANY BODIES, a socially driven music and dance piece advocating for gun reform, which was picked up by NoRAnow.org and Survivors Empowered and received numerous awards in music video and social justice categories. She directed 3 PUFFS OF GOLD, a magical realism piece about domestic violence, and was a finalist for New Filmmakers Los Angeles: On Location competition with her film "SNAPSHOT!" (2011) which explored Angelinos and their diverse roots. Notable collaborations as a producer include Lulu Wang, John Legend, Tanuj Chopra and Ravi Kapoor.  Film Fellowships: Project Involve at Film Independent, SFFilm, and Trans Atlantic Partners with the Goethe Institut (Berlin).

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