Reginald L. Douglas Named Artistic Director of Mosaic Theater

After an extensive nationwide search, DC’s Mosaic Theater Company has found its new Artistic Director closer to home. The company is proud to announce Reginald L. Douglas as its new artistic director.

Douglas is a DC-based director, producer, and advocate for new play who is dedicated to creating theater that connects audiences of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Throughout his career and in this new position, he will create and produce theater that serves as a catalyst for conversation, social change and community building. He joins Mosaic after serving as Associate Artistic Director at DC’s Studio Theater and previously Artistic Producer at the City Theater in Pittsburgh.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are delighted that Reginald L. Douglas has been selected to lead Mosaic as Artistic Director,” said Board Chair Cathy Solomon. “His fervent love for theatre, combined with his undeniable talent and passion for conversational work, and his dedication to telling urgent and compelling stories, inject new energy into our space. We strongly believe he is the right person at the right time for Mosaic and I can’t wait to see what he has in store.

Reginald L. Douglas under the marquee of the Mosaic Theater, where he was appointed artistic director. Photo by Chris Banks.

Douglas’ appointment opens the next chapter of Mosaic that builds on its strong history of storytelling that speaks to vital and pressing issues of our time and fosters space for meaningful dialogue and cross-cultural connections. He joins the team as Mosaic once again welcomes the public in person for the first time after successfully overcoming the challenges posed by the pandemic.

“I am deeply honored to be named Artistic Director of Mosaic Theater Company,” said Douglas. “I am proud to call Washington, DC my home and to deepen my commitment to this vibrant arts community by working with this great organization as we create our next chapters together. Building on Mosaic’s foundation of community-centered cross-cultural theatre, I look forward to working with our Board and staff to build Mosaic into a company that celebrates the rich diversity of thought, creativity and communities that call DC and the DMV home. Together, we will produce plays and programs – designed for and with our community – that spark thoughtful conversation, center artists and audiences from all walks of life and neighborhoods, and value empathy, collaboration and joy as essential. to our success. I couldn’t be more inspired and ready to begin this exciting work, using our theater to reflect the world not just as it is, but as it could be.

Douglas’ strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, which he has integrated into his work throughout his career, aligns strongly with Mosaic’s mission to center voices that are not often celebrated in American theater. Among his many accomplishments, he has facilitated partnerships with local and national community leaders, universities and organizations; implemented a discounted ticket program for DC residents in conjunction with the DC Public Library; commissioned BIPOC artists to creatively reflect on and respond to the Black Lives Matter movement; and has developed and led fellowships and training programs for emerging artistic leaders at Studio and City, among many others. Douglas uses his artistry as a means of community building and will center strong community engagement programs during his tenure at Mosaic.

“Our goal when searching was to find an Art Director whose vision not only aligns with our mission, but who will also help us take it to the next level,” said Serge Seiden, Managing Director. “We wanted someone who finds genuine joy in the work we do inside and outside of theatre. Community dialogue and engagement are at the heart of Mosaic; what audiences see on stage should follow them outside and open lines of communication with their neighbors, our greater DC community, and the world.

A nationally recognized leader in the development of new plays, Douglas has staged new and contemporary plays, musicals and multimedia works by a diverse group of emerging and established writers, including the winner of the Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, MacArthur Fellow Dominique Morisseau, Angelica Chéri, Brian Quijada, Jen Silverman, Kemp Powers, Khalil Kain, Cori Thomas and Matt Schatz, including the musical A new untitled piece by Justin Timberlake Reginald will direct this fall, and many more. His passion and insight for new work and reinvestigating classics has taken him to theaters across the country, including directing work at the Eugene O’Neill Center, TheaterWorks Hartford, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Everyman Theatre, Weston Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Playwright’s Center, Audible, Bard at the Gate, Playwright’s Realm, Profile Theatre, The Lark (Van Lier Fellow), and New York Theater Workshop (inaugural 2050 Fellow), among many others. His critically acclaimed ensemble production of Dael Orlandersmith’s play Until the flood was hailed as “an innovative adaptation” by The Washington Post in 2021, and his recent work on A piece at Weston Playhouse was named New York Times Critic’s choice.

As a producer, Reginald has developed, dramatized and produced over 75 plays, musicals and multimedia projects, including collaborations with writers including Pultizer Prize winner Martyna Majok, Isaac Gomez, Stephen Belber, Kimberly Belflower , Sharon Washington and Lauren Yee, and acclaimed directors such as Chay Yew, Sheryl Kaller, Marti Lyons, Jade King Carroll and Adrienne Campbell-Holt. Reginald currently serves on the executive committee of the National New Play Network’s board of directors and on the faculty of his alma mater, Georgetown University, where he will soon direct students in a Lynn Nottage production. Sweat. A proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Reginald was the recipient of the National Theater Conference’s 2020 Emerging Professional Award.

“Mosaic has made a dramatic choice in Reg as its new Artistic Director,” said Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence Psalmayene 24. of the audience, and a man of moral courage. Reg embodies the type of leader that American theater needs in this new cultural era. This is a wildly exciting time for the entire Mosaic family!

“I am thrilled for The Mosaic Theater Company and for the theater community of Washington, D.C., that Reginald L. Douglas has been selected to be Mosaic’s new Artistic Director,” said legendary director and playwright Emily Mann, former artistic director of the McCarter Theater Center. “Reginald L. Douglas is a visionary — a bridge builder, a community builder and a true artist. What a wonderful choice for Washington and the American Theater!”

Mosaic’s first live production of the season, North American Birds, by Anna Ouyang Moench, now runs until November 21. For more information on the production, visit mosaictheater.org/birds-of-na. For more information on Mosaic’s 2021-2022 season, visit mosaictheater.org/season.

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ABOUT DC’S MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY

DC’s Mosaic Theater Company is committed to creating transformational and socially relevant art, producing pieces from frontline authors in conflict zones, and building a fusion community to address some of the most pressing issues of our time. Free public programming and educational initiatives complement our productions. Mosaic is dedicated to making our theater a model of diversity and inclusion on and off stage. We strive to foster a culture of listening and welcoming, embracing complexity and a multifocal perspective. More information on mosaictheatre.org.

ABOUT REGINALD L. DOUGLAS

Reginald L. Douglas is a director, producer and advocate dedicated to creating new work and supporting new voices. He has directed works at the Eugene O’Neill Center, TheaterWorks Hartford, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Everyman Theatre, Weston Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Audible, Bard at the Gate, Profile Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh CLO, Arizona Theater Company, Barrington Stage Company, Ford’s Theatre, Cape Cod Theater Project, Negro Ensemble Company, Theater Squared, Cygnet Theatre, Palm Beach Drama Works, Playwrights Center, NNPN Showcase at B Street Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Florida Rep, Third Rail, Luna Stage, Harlem Stage, Wild Project, Signature Center, Drama League, The Lark (where he was the Van Lier Directing Fellow), New York Theater Workshop (where he was the first 2050 Directing Fellow), City Theater Company at Pittsburgh, where he served as artistic producer from 2015-2020, and Studio Theater in Washington, DC, where he served as associate artistic director until 2021 and will direct Suzan-Lori Parks. White noise in January 2022.

Reginald has developed and directed plays and musicals by Dominique Morisseau, Cori Thomas, Angelica Chéri, Lynn Nottage, Nikkole Salter, Dael Orlandersmith, Kemp Powers, Jen Silverman, Ngozi Anyanwu, Brian Quijada, Matt Schatz, Amy Evans, Zakiyyah Alexander, Imani Uzuri, Dave Harris, Francisca Da Silveira, Khalil Kain, Chisa Hutchinson, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, Josh Wilder, Larry Powell, Kareem Fahmy, Harrison David Rivers, Donja R. Love, Brent Askari, Nick Malakhow, Herb Newsome, Craig “muMs” Grant, Korde Arrington Tuttle aka Payne, Jessica Dickey, Laura Brienza, Kevin R. Free, Micah Ariel Watson and many others. He currently serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of the National New Play Network and on the faculty of his alma mater, Georgetown University. A proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Reginald was the recipient of the National Theater Conference’s 2020 Emerging Professional Award. reginalddouglas.com

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