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David Rainey

Executive Artistic Director

David Rainey has been an Alley Theatre Resident Company Member since 2000, where he has recently been seen in The Skeleton CrewThe Great Society, A Midsummer Night's Dream, All the Way, As You Like It, You Can't Take It With You, A Few Good Men, Clybourne Park, November, What We're Up Against, Amadeus, Peter Pan, Our Town, Eurydice, Mauritius and Othello. Nationally, he has performed for Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the National Actors Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Acting Company, New York Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Ford’s Theatre, Asolo Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Shakespeare Festival LA, Crossroads Theatre Company, Delaware's Resident Ensemble Players, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stark Naked Theatre Company, the Houston Grand Opera, among others. His film and television credits include Law & Order, Cosby, Vengeance Unlimited, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Hell Swarm, Starforce, Lowball, Multifacial, The 'M' Word, North Starr, Brushing Death and Don’t Go There. He has directed Wanda, Daisy and the Great Rapture (Landing), Devil Dog Six (The Landing) Tea and Sympathy (The Back Porch Players); Smudge (The Landing); Our House (Black Lab Theatre); Suzan-Lori Parks’ In The Blood (The Back Porch Players); The Glass Menagerie (The Landing); Othello (Juggernaut Theatre Company/NY); Boys Life (Blue Moon Productions/NY). He was one of the Founding Artistic Directors of Juggernaut Theatre Company, and served as Co-Artistic Director for Wordsmyth Theater Company. He was an adjunct professor in Drama at the University of Houston-Downtown from 2005-2013, and was its first Artist-in-Residence in Drama. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he finished top of his class, receiving both "The Drama League Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Student at the Juilliard Theatre Center" and the Drama Division’s highest honor, the "Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize". In 2004 he was named “Best Actor” by the Houston Press for the role of Lincoln in Top Dog/Underdog at the Alley Theatre, and also received “Best Actor” nominations from Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson (Jeff) Awards and the Black Theatre Alliance Awards for his performance in Top Dog/Underdog at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In 2009 he was named “Best Supporting Actor in a Play” by The Houston Area Theatre Awards for Excellence, for the role of Sterling in Mauritius at the Alley Theatre. In 2012 he was nominated for "Best Director" by the Houston Press' Houston Theatre Awards, for directing Theresa Rebeck’s Our House for Black Lab Theatre, and his production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ In the Blood, for Back Porch Players, was also nominated for “Best Play/Production.” That year he was also named one of Houston's 100 Top Creatives. In 2014 he was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" by the Houston Theatre Awards for the role of Falstaff in HSF’s Henry IV , Part 1.  In addition to his other roles, he teaches acting independently.

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