Rena Heinrich

Graduate Student

Office Location

Theater Dance West, Room 2530


Of Filipino and Swedish descent and raised in Alaska, Rena Heinrich is a fourth year doctoral candidate and a recipient of the 2014 Love of Learning Award from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Rena’s research explores the shifting identities of mixed-race figures in American drama. Other areas of interest include: the intersections of neuroscience and spectatorship, Asian/Asian-American theater, and Chekhovian drama. Rena received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Loyola Marymount University and an M.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance from California State University, Los Angeles.

Rena has performed in theater, film, and television, appearing on such series as "Ally McBeal," "Pacific Blue," "Days of Our Lives," and "The Young and the Restless." Her theatrical work has been produced in Los Angeles by Company of Angels, TeAda Productions, The Latino Theater Company, East West Players, Playwrights' Arena, the John Anson Ford Theatre, Artists at Play, Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles Repertory Company, the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, and Casa 0101. Recently, she directed the world premiere of In the Forest of Detroit for Dramatic Women at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara. Rena also directed the nationally touring production of Refugee Nation at Intermedia Arts/Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis and co-directed its critically acclaimed production at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 2012. She directed So the Arrow Flies for the Arts Council Korea’s 2012 International Performing Arts Series at Dongguk University in Seoul, and her original production of Kokoro (True Heart) is featured in the Dramatist Play Service published version.

Rena has presented research at conferences for Comparative Drama, the Japan Studies Association, the American Literature Association, and the American Society for Theatre Research.


As Am 1: Introduction to Asian American History, 1850-Present

Thtr 2C: Performance in Global Contexts: Europe

As Am 142: Asian American Performance Workshop