Randy Reinholz

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School of Theater, Television, and Film
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA, 92182

Randy Reinholz, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, is founder and Producing Artistic Director of Native Voices at the Autry, the nation’s only Equity theater company dedicated exclusively to the development and production of new plays by Native American, First Nations, and Alaska Native playwrights. He is an accomplished producer, director, actor, playwright, and activist. Off The Rails, his bawdy and irreverent adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure had its world premiere and a sold-out run at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with Bill Rauch directing in 2017. Reinholz has produced more than 30 scripts and directed over 60 plays in the United States, Australia, Mexico, England, and Canada. He has received Playwrights’ Arena’s Lee Melville Award, a MAP Grant, a McKnight Fellowship, an LA Drama Critics Circle Award and numerous grants from the NEA, Ford Foundation, Shubert Foundation, City of LA Cultural Affairs, Disney, Sony, and LA County Arts Commission. Reinholz is Vice President of the National Theater Conference, on the National Advisory Board for the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and on the La Jolla Playhouse Leadership Council. He served on the Los Angeles County, Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative Advisory Committee, and ATHE’s (Association of Higher Education) National Leadership Institute, Leadership Transition Team where he continues to serve as a faculty mentor. He is a founding member of the Fund for an Equitable Theatre Ecology (FETE) a Think Tank facilitated by the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Institute (a partnership of TCG and artEquity), and the National Cultural Navigation Theater Project. Reinholz is a tenured Professor at San Diego State University, where he served as Head of Acting from 1997-2007, Director of the School of Theatre, Television, and Film from 2007-2012, and Director of Community Engagement and Innovation for the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts from 2012-2015. He will be inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theater in April, 2019.

Education: MFA, Cornell University; BA, William Jewell College.

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