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Upcoming and Recent Theatre

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NY Directing Fellow
2021-2022

Announced!

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Cullud Wattah
by Erika Dickerson-Despenza

November-December 2021

Assistant Director to Candis Jones

The Public 

New York City, NY (Nov - Dec 2021)

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Mercury Company III

Development Workshop

Artists Repertory Theatre

Portland, OR (May-June '21)

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Jaldee
by Ayesha Siddiqui

Development Workshop

The Vagrancy 

Los Angeles, CA (June '21)

Defenders 
written by Cailin Harrison
Pandelia's Yellow Canary Company '19

If I Should Wake
If I Should Wake

"If I Should Wake"  written by Alex Alpharaoh, Boni B. Alvarez, Arianna Basco, Diana Burbano, Inda Craig-Galván, Yehuda Hyman, Grace McLeod and Larry Powell (Online) ​ Directed by Reena Dutt Produced for Greenway Court Theatre by Tiffany Moon Dramaturgy by Scott Horstein Video Design by Corwin Evans Stage Managed by Aaron Saldana, Jasmine Kalra ​ Cast  Diana Burbano, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Shanelle Darlene, Madeleine Humphries, Sammy June, Larry Powell, Trieu Tran, Carla Valentine, Jamal Wad

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Reclamation
Reclamation

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If I Should Wake
If I Should Wake

"If I Should Wake"  written by Alex Alpharaoh, Boni B. Alvarez, Arianna Basco, Diana Burbano, Inda Craig-Galván, Yehuda Hyman, Grace McLeod and Larry Powell (Online) ​ Directed by Reena Dutt Produced for Greenway Court Theatre by Tiffany Moon Dramaturgy by Scott Horstein Video Design by Corwin Evans Stage Managed by Aaron Saldana, Jasmine Kalra ​ Cast  Diana Burbano, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Shanelle Darlene, Madeleine Humphries, Sammy June, Larry Powell, Trieu Tran, Carla Valentine, Jamal Wad

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If I Should Wake
Multiple Playwrights
Greenway Court Theatre '20

Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine's
Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine's

"Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine's"  written by Madhuri Shekar ​ Directed by Reena Dutt Produced for Sacred Fools by Jax Ball Associate Produced by Suze Camp, Jessie Bias Stage Managed by Aaron Saldana Asst. Stage Manager Shasha King Scenic by Amanda Kneehans Costumes by Nancy Dobbs Owen Sound by Dennis Peraza Props by Sam Squeri Lighting by Kaitlin Chang Dialect Coach Tim Kopacz Still Photography by Jessica Sherman ​ Cast  Madeleine Hernandez, Emma Mercier, Scar

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Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine's
Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine's

"Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine's"  written by Madhuri Shekar ​ Directed by Reena Dutt Produced for Sacred Fools by Jax Ball Associate Produced by Suze Camp, Jessie Bias Stage Managed by Aaron Saldana Asst. Stage Manager Shasha King Scenic by Amanda Kneehans Costumes by Nancy Dobbs Owen Sound by Dennis Peraza Props by Sam Squeri Lighting by Kaitlin Chang Dialect Coach Tim Kopacz Still Photography by Jessica Sherman ​ Cast  Madeleine Hernandez, Emma Mercier, Scar

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Defenders
Defenders

"Defenders"  written by Cailin Harrison ​ Directed by Reena Dutt Produced for Pandelia's Canary Yellow Company by Theatre Planners Stage Managed by Seira Murakami Scenic by David Goldstein Costumes by Shon LeBlanc Sound by Jesse Mandapat Props by Michael Angel Lighting by Dominic Krzanowski Additional Lighting by Josh La Cour Still Photography by Darret Sanders ​ Cast  Bryan Porter, John P. Connolly, Tavis Doucette, Spencer Martin and Una Eggerts

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Defenders
Defenders

"Defenders"  written by Cailin Harrison ​ Directed by Reena Dutt Produced for Pandelia's Canary Yellow Company by Theatre Planners Stage Managed by Seira Murakami Scenic by David Goldstein Costumes by Shon LeBlanc Sound by Jesse Mandapat Props by Michael Angel Lighting by Dominic Krzanowski Additional Lighting by Josh La Cour Still Photography by Darret Sanders ​ Cast  Bryan Porter, John P. Connolly, Tavis Doucette, Spencer Martin and Una Eggerts

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Antigone, Presented by the...
by Madhuri Shekar
Sacred Fools Theatre Company '20

Rise 'N Shine...
Rise 'N Shine...

"Rise and Shine: I thought I was white"​ Written & Performed by Anil Kumar ​ Directed by Reena Dutt Produced for Bad Hindu, East 4th Street, Off-Chance Productions by Sara Fenton Stage Managed by Aaron Saldana Scenic by David Mauer Sound by Cricket Myers Music by Samrat Chakrabarti Choreography by Shivani Thakkar  Lighting by Ric Zimmerman Video Projections by David Beatty Patrick Cinematography is by Lock and Monkey Productions

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Rise 'N Shine...
Rise 'N Shine...

"Rise and Shine: I thought I was white"​ Written & Performed by Anil Kumar ​ Directed by Reena Dutt Produced for Bad Hindu, East 4th Street, Off-Chance Productions by Sara Fenton Stage Managed by Aaron Saldana Scenic by David Mauer Sound by Cricket Myers Music by Samrat Chakrabarti Choreography by Shivani Thakkar  Lighting by Ric Zimmerman Video Projections by David Beatty Patrick Cinematography is by Lock and Monkey Productions

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Rise and Shine
by Anil Kumar | Bad Hindu Productions '15

Fringe/Workshops/Staged Readings
Fringe/Workshops/Staged Readings

Various Plays/Workshops ​ "The Pen" by Diana Burbano (Celebration Theatre) "Snowfall in Midsummer" Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (East West Players | A Noise Within) "Kissing Che" by Augusto Federico Amador (The Road)  "Drop in the Ocean" by Allie Costa (2Cents) "Waitless" by Cailin Harrison (Fierce Backbone) "Horse" by Cort Brinkerhoff (Vagrancy) "Handcrafted Healing" by Nancy Beverly (Fierce Backbone) "Katy and Jennifer" by Matt Morrillo (Hollywood Fringe)

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Fringe/Workshops/Staged Readings
Fringe/Workshops/Staged Readings

Various Plays/Workshops ​ "The Pen" by Diana Burbano (Celebration Theatre) "Snowfall in Midsummer" Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (East West Players | A Noise Within) "Kissing Che" by Augusto Federico Amador (The Road)  "Drop in the Ocean" by Allie Costa (2Cents) "Waitless" by Cailin Harrison (Fierce Backbone) "Horse" by Cort Brinkerhoff (Vagrancy) "Handcrafted Healing" by Nancy Beverly (Fierce Backbone) "Katy and Jennifer" by Matt Morrillo (Hollywood Fringe)

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Various Plays/Workshops

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Sheetal Gandhi in Sita's Mehndi Party.
Sheetal Gandhi in Sita's Mehndi Party.

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Nikita Chaudhury in Sita's Slumber Party.
Nikita Chaudhury in Sita's Slumber Party.

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The Sitayana
(Or How to Make an Exit) 

by Lavina Jadhwani | East West Players

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Reena Dutt is a 2021-2022 Drama League New York Directing Fellow, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab (New York City), and Directors Lab West (Los Angeles). She was most recently a part of Artist Repertory Theatre's Mercury Company III in Portland, OR, and will soon workshop a new play with MadLAB in Los Angeles.

In December 2019 she closed the world premier of DEFENDERS by Cailin Harrison at The Broadwater, and in March 2020, she opened the West Coast Premier of ANTIGONE, PRESENTED BY THE GIRLS OF ST. CATHERINE’S by Madhuri Shekar on the Sacred Fools stage. Right before the LA Times Critic's Pic was publicly announced after opening weekend, the play was flung into Covid-virus abyss (incredibly Shakespearean of the world at large).

 

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

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).

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 and stage. 

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Drama League New York Directing Fellow

Member, Lincoln Center Directors Lab

Member, Director's Lab West

Reena Dutt. Photo courtesy of
Mika Larson Photography