Reena Dutt is a city girl with a country soul who believes in creating with a conscience, on and off stage. West Coast: “Gypsy” (Stageworks PNW, TBA), “This is Not a True Story” (Artists at Play, TBA), “The Sitayana (Or how to make an exit)” (East West Players), “Antigone, Presented by the Girls of St. Catherine’s” (Sacred Fools), “Defenders” (Pandelia’s Yellow Canary Company | Theatre Planners), “Rise & Shine: I thought I was white” (Bad Hindu Productions), “Katy and Jennifer” (Fierce Backbone). Associate/Assistant Directing: “Cullud Wattah” (The Public dir. Candis Jones), “Hannah and the Dread Gazebo” (Fountain Theatre dir. Jennifer Chang), “The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona” (The Geffen Playhouse dir. Jo Bonney. Fellowships/Recognitions: 2021-2022 Drama League NY Directing Fellow, 2018 and 2017 Producers Encore Award (“Katy and Jennifer”, and “Waitless”), Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Directors Lab West. Dutt is also a producer having screened her films at Sundance, LAFF, Outfest, Frameline, Cucalorous, NBCUniversal, BET, PBS/Latino and HBO. Website: www.ReenaDutt.com
Xinyuan Li is a scenic and lighting designer and visual artist based in California and Shanghai. In the US, his designs include The Water Station (UMass Amherst), The Dream Play (UMass Amherst), Re/Emergence (Park Hill Orchard). He has assisted George Tsypin and served as Studio Assistant for James F Ingalls. In China, his designs include The Postman (Shanghai Theatre Academy Duanjun Theatre and tour), The Godfather (STA Grand Theatre), Jigokuhen (Shanghai ET Theatre), The Love Prison (7th Pioneer Youth Drama Festival and tour). He worked as a freelance, resident, and touring lighting designer in more than thirty theaters and venues. His installations Curious Perspective and Reflection Landscape were featured as part of the 17th Shanghai International Art Festival and the Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, respectively.
Melanie Queponds (she/her/ella) is a Mexican-American director, dramaturg, and theatre artist originally from the Inland Empire in Southern California. She earned her MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago in 2020. Since graduating with her MFA, Melanie has directed at A Red Orchid Theatre (Chicago), Renaissance Theatre Works (Milwaukee), Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble (Santa Ana, CA), Same Boat Theater (SF) and Teatro Frida Kahlo (LA). She has developed new plays and directed workshop readings at La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego, CA) and Renaissance Theatre Works (Milwaukee). She has worked as a dramaturg at Teatro Leyden (Chicago), Austin Latinx New Play Festival (Austin, TX), and Pork-Filled Productions (Seattle), as well as working closely with several playwrights, all to develop new plays. melanieclaireq.com