ST. LOUIS: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has named Reggie D. White to be their new associate artistic director. The actor, playwright, and educator will join the Rep early next year.
“Reggie D. White is a transformative emerging thought leader in our field,” said Hana S. Sharif, the Rep’s artistic director, in a statement. “He brings a joyful, innovative, and imaginative spirit of collaboration with his wide-ranging experience as a creative producer, educator, and community connector. I could not be more excited to welcome Reggie’s talents to St. Louis and his strategic insight to the Rep as we enter this great new era of artistry.”
As an actor, White made his Broadway debut in the Tony-winning play The Inheritance. He has served as the artistic director and faculty member at the Atlantic Acting School and is a resident artist at the Vineyard Theatre. White’s play In Case You Hadn’t Heard: A Conversation Between America’s Past and Its Promise premiered at Bay Street Theater last spring, and he is currently co-writing a play with Lauren Gunderson. He is a founding member of the multi-generational theatre collective the Commissary and a founding company member with the Williams Project, a living-wage theatre company. White has directed works with the Public Theater, PlayGroundSF, and others, and is a recipient of the Colman Domingo Award and the Theatre Communications Group Fox Foundation fellowship, among others.
As associate artistic director, White will support line producing mainstage, site-specific, and community arts programming, artistic strategic planning, and creative community engagement. White will also make his directorial debut at the Rep with a Stephen Sondheim revue next year.
“I’m so excited to spread my wings as an arts leader at an institution as well loved by its community as the Rep is,” said White in a statement. “With this role, I’ll have the opportunity to keep making the kind of theatre I’ve always dreamed of making while also being able to shape and mold the why and how of what gets made.”
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis strives to create bridges between people in the St. Louis region and beyond through expertly crafted theatrical experiences that are joyful, unique, inspiring, and thought-provoking. The Rep is a welcoming home for a full spectrum of artists and audiences to courageously engage with one another and expand their appreciation for and understanding of the world. As of 2020, the theatre had a budget of approximately $7.6 million.
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