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Vineyard Theatre Announces Recipient of 2021 Colman Domingo Award
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Vineyard Theatre
Announces

Reggie D. White
as recipient of
2021 Colman Domingo Award

(New York, NY) Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, and actor-playwright-director-producer Colman Domingo announce that Reggie D. White will be the second recipient of the Colman Domingo Award. Seeded in 2019 from the longtime collaboration between The Vineyard and Domingo, the Colman Domingo Award is bestowed annually to a multi-faceted Black male or male-identifying theatre artist to provide support and resources to create new work. Recipients are selected directly by The Vineyard and Mr. Domingo and receive a cash stipend, workshops and other developmental opportunities, access to writing and studio space, mentorship, and the ongoing support of The Vineyard. York Walker received the inaugural award in 2021.

Reggie D. White is a New York-based multidisciplinary theatremaker and educator. Last year he co-conceived and appeared in Vineyard Theatre's virtual piece, Lessons in Survival, which was named Best Theatre of 2020 by The New York Times. His play In Case You Haven't Heard premiered virtually this year at Bay Street Theater.

Colman Domingo says, "It has been my hope to support the next generation of multi-hyphenate theatre artists in some impactful way. Not only by mentorship, but with a financial award. I knew that this was a perfect partnership with Vineyard Theatre which has been a New York home for me for over 10 years. They helped me flex my artistic muscles as an actor and playwright with my productions of A Boy and His Soul and Dot. They were the cheerleader who helped me see that I had something to offer The Scottsboro Boys, for which I am eternally grateful. I was so honored that they chose to honor my body of work at the 2019 gala. I wanted to give a gift back in return. To create an award for an African American man who could use the hand, access and support that The Vineyard and I could provide. I've watched Reggie blossom into an artist of true conviction and grace. He is a born leader and innovator. I look forward to seeing what he creates next."

Mr. Aibel and Ms. Stern said, "Reggie D. White is a true multi-hyphenate artist -- a triple-threat performer, director, educator, and playwright, whose ability to illuminate our shared humanity shines through his work. We are delighted and thrilled that he will be the next recipient of the Colman Domingo Award, and to be able to provide support as his creativity continues to find new paths of expression. We look forward immensely to collaborating with him as an artist-in-residence, and to the stories that he will tell."

Reggie D. White says, "For his entire career, Colman has shattered convention, laughed at limitations, and created art that stands the test of time - as an actor, writer, and as a director. And as a young artist who also started his career in the SF Bay Area, Colman was the prototype of what was possible for a black gay man who fully stepped into his power and embraced every corner of his identity and his passions. He continues to demonstrate that there is rich worth in our bodies, our unknowable complexity, our love, our heartbreak, and our joy. And that no one has the right to dictate to us what is 'beyond our grasp' or 'not in our lane'. For the last 9 years, I've had the great privilege of calling him a friend and mentor, and I'm beyond grateful to be the recipient of this year's Colman Domingo Award. I have witnessed first hand how the Vineyard has championed artists with brave, vulnerable, curious voices and I'm honored to have the Vineyard's support of my voice as a writer and direction in addition to my work as an actor. What a tremendous gift to be invited to stretch every facet of my artistic wings at an institution as storied as Vineyard Theatre. I hope I can continue to follow in Colman's incredible footsteps and leave the world better by my work and my example."

The 2021 Colman Domingo Award is made possible through the generosity of Joe and Mary Ann Allen.
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Reggie D. White is a New York-based multidisciplinary theatremaker and educator. Last year he co-conceived and appeared in Vineyard Theatre's virtual piece, Lessons in Survival (Best Theatre of 2020, NYT). Other acting credits include The Inheritance (Broadway), Hundred Days (NYTW), The Luckiest (La Jolla Playhouse), I and You (59E59), and The Last Tiger In Haiti (Berkeley Rep). Directing credits include Bay Street Theatre, The Public, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Berkeley Playhouse, and AlterTheatre Ensemble. His play In Case You Haven't Heard premiered virtually this year at Bay Street Theater, and he is currently co-writing a new play with Lauren Gunderson. He is an alum of the Atlantic Acting School, where he now serves as School Artistic Director. Reggie is a recipient of the TBA TITAN Award, the TCG Fox Fellowship, and is a founding company member of The Williams Project, a living wage theatre company. www.reggiedwhite.com

Colman Domingo hosts and is Executive Producer of "Bottomless Brunch at Colman's" for AMC. In 2020, he received his Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters from Ursinus College. He is a Juilliard School Creative Associate and has guest lectured at USC, UCSD as well as on faculty of the National Theater Institute. Mr. Domingo is a Tony®, Lawrence Olivier, Drama Desk, Drama League and NAACP Theatre Award nominee and an OBIE and Lucille Lortel Award-winning actor, playwright, director and producer. He has been recently celebrated as a Newport Beach Film Festival's Artist of Distinction and honored by Vineyard Theatre for his thirty year body of work. Domingo recently filmed Without Remorse, with Michael B. Jordan for Paramount. Colman stars in A24's Zola, The God Committee alongside Kelsey Grammar and Julia Stiles, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom alongside Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, produced by Denzel Washington, and MGM's Candyman written and produced by Jordan Peele. Colman recurs on the critically acclaimed "Euphoria" on HBO. Going into its sixth season, Colman stars on AMC's global hit "Fear The Walking Dead" as Victor Strand. Domingo is a recipient of The Best Drama Actor from The 2018 Independent Television Festival presented by the Television Academy® in Nothingman directed by Eli Kooris and Joshua Shaffer. Colman is a recent recipient of the Sundance Feature Film Program Grant. Mr. Domingo has developed a one hour original drama series for television, titled "West Philly, Baby," for AMC studios, based on his award winning play Dot. He also has in development a half hour comedy for HBO, entitled "Peaches." He is the CEO and Executive Producer of Edith Productions which has a first look deal with AMC Networks.

About Vineyard Theatre
Vineyard Theatre is an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to nurturing the voices of daring artists and developing and producing work that pushes the boundaries of what theatre can be and do. One of the country's preeminent centers for the creation of new plays and musicals, our work seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to see ourselves and our world from different perspectives.

The Vineyard's productions of Tina Satter's Is This A Room, named "Best Theater of 2019" by The New York Times and New York Magazine and winner of the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience; and Lucas Hnath's Dana H., chosen as The New York Times "Best Theatre of 2020" and as a Critic's Pick, and winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, are both transferring to Broadway this fall. Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive , which premiered at The Vineyard 25 years ago, will open on Broadway this spring reuniting original cast members Mary-Louise Parker, David Morse and Johanna Day with director Mark Brokaw.

Notable Vineyard Theatre premieres include Ngozi Anyanwu's Good Grief; Jeremy O. Harris' "Daddy"; Mara Nelson-Greenberg's Do You Feel Anger?; David Cale's Harry Clarke (2018 Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel Awards); Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman's Indecent (two 2017 Tony Awards); two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, Paula Vogel's How I Learned To Drive and Edward Albee's Three Tall Women; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria; Nicky Silver's The Lyons; Marx, Lopez and Whitty's Avenue Q (Tony Award, Best Musical); Kander, Ebb, and Thompson's The Scottsboro Boys; Bell and Bowen's [title of show]; Polly Pen's Goblin Market; Tarell Alvin McCraney's Wig Out!; Jenny Schwartz' God's Ear; Will Eno's Middletown; Becky Mode's Fully Committed; Colman Domingo's Dot, and many more.

During the pandemic shutdown, The Vineyard produced Bill Irwin's The Busking Project outdoors and seven digital programs, including the eight-episode series, Lessons In Survival, which was named "Best Theater of 2020" by The New York Times.

The Vineyard's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Susan Stroman Directing Award, and Colman Domingo Award provide residencies to early-career artists and our education programs serve over 700 NYC public high school students annually and culminate in presenting Developing Artists' REBEL VERSES Youth Arts Festival. Works developed and premiered at our home in Union Square have gone on to be seen around the world and The Vineyard is proud to be the recipient of special Drama Desk, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards for artistic excellence.

The Vineyard's 2021-2022 Artists-in-Residence include John J. Caswell, Jr., Michael R. Jackson and Tyler Thomas, with more to be announced.

Vineyard Theatre's leadership includes Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern and Managing Director Suzanne Appel.

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