Regina M. Porter
Regina Porter is an American writer. Her lyrical stories explore modern relationships against a shifting American landscape. Ms. Porter worked for several years in Program Development for Public Television before embarking on her writing career. Her plays have been presented at Playwrights Horizons, The Joseph Papp Theater, New York Stage & Film, The Woolly Mammoth Theater, and Horizons Theater Company. She has also been commissioned by The Women's Project, The Actor's Theater of Louisville, and Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis.
Ms. Porter grew up reading and listening to multicultural folktales, particularly from the African-American South. She counts these tall tales among her many influences. Her stories often spotlight ordinary people in complex family dynamics who find their lives opening up in surprising ways. Ms. Porter's writing has been profiled in Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in History & Criticism by The University of Alabama Press. Her plays have been anthologized in Plays from Woolly Mammoth from Broadway Play Services and Heinemann's Scenes For Women by Women.
Ms. Porter's awards include an Edward Albee Fellowship; Hedgebrook Women Writers Fellowship; Kennedy Center Award for Outstanding New American Play; and Helen Hayes Awards Nomination and John Gassner Memorial Award for Outstanding One Act Play. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied Dramatic Writing and was a Lew Wasserman Scholar and a Paulette Goddard Scholar. She is also the recipient of Tisch's Distinguished Alumna Award.
Ms. Porter lives in Brooklyn, New York and is currently at work on her first novel and a new play.