The New School's School of Drama Announces Appointment of Reginald L. Douglas to Faculty

  Pictured: Reginald L. Douglas

New York, January 27, 2021 -- The New School announced today that acclaimed director and producer Reginald L. Douglas has joined the faculty of the School of Drama at the College of Performing Arts this spring semester.

Reginald L. Douglas is a director, producer, and advocate dedicated to creating new work and supporting new voices. He serves as a Board member for the National New Play Network and the Associate Artistic Director at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. His passion and acumen for both new play development and re-investigating the classics have led him to theaters across the country, including directing work at City Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Center, TheaterWorks Hartford, CATF, Everyman Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Profile Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh CLO, Arizona Theatre Company, Theatre Squared, Playwrights Center, McCarter, Florida Rep, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, and many others.

“We are thrilled to have Reginald Douglas join the School of Drama faculty for the Spring 2021 semester. As a director and producer, Reginald has been a leading advocate for the development of a new generation of exciting and diverse young writers and directors, whose contributions help ensure the vitality and relevance of theater. Reginald's artistic and administrative expertise offers our MFA students an excellent opportunity to bridge their creative aspirations to the professional community with depth, insight, and inspiration,” said Pippin Parker, Dean, School of Drama. 

At the School of Drama, Douglas is co-teaching The Production Process, a course for MFA directors that studies the standard processes of production in the American Theater from the perspective of an artistic director or theatrical producer, and then examines the ways in which these processes might be harnessed and reimagined by artists and artistic leaders in order to transform the theatrical field and advance values of equity, inclusion, and social justice.

“I am thrilled to be joining the faculty of The New School. Our industry is at an exciting crossroads and the bold leadership and artistry that New School students possess will be so vital to our future success. I am honored to help foster and encourage their work and visions this semester,” said Douglas.

The College of Performing Arts at The New School (CoPA) was formed in 2015 and draws together the iconic Mannes School of Music, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and the School of Drama. With each school contributing its unique culture of creative excellence, the College of Performing Arts is a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, bold experimentation, innovative education, and world-class performances. 

The over 1,100 students at CoPA are actors, performers, writers, improvisers, creative technologists, entrepreneurs, composers, arts managers, and multidisciplinary artists who believe in the transformative power of the arts for all people. Students and faculty at CoPA collaborate with colleagues across The New School in a wide array of disciplines, from the visual arts and fashion design, to the social sciences, public policy, advocacy, and more. 

The curriculum at CoPA is dynamic, inclusive, and responsive to the changing arts and culture landscape. New degrees and coursework, like the new graduate degrees for Performer-Composers and Artist Entrepreneurs are designed to challenge highly skilled artists to experiment, innovate, and engage with the past, present, and future of their artforms. New York City’s Greenwich Village provides the backdrop for the College of Performing Arts, which is housed at Arnhold Hall on West 13th Street and the historic Westbeth Artists Community on Bank Street.

The School of Drama is the creative home to a dynamic group of actors, directors, writers, creative technologists, and mult-disciplinary theater artists. With a focus on authenticity of expression, the school’s curriculum confronts today's most pressing societal issues through the making of theater, film, and emerging media. The School of Drama’s faculty is made up of award-winning actors, playwrights, and directors who bring a currency of professional experience, artistic training, and project-based learning into the classroom. The multidisciplinary MFA and BFA degree programs bring together rigor, creativity, and collaborative learning to create work marked by professionalism, imagination, and civic awareness. The school takes inspiration from the greats who walked its halls in the past, including Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte and Vinette Carrol, as well as more recent graduates, like Adrienne C. Moore, Jordan E. Cooper, and Jason Kim.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.



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