Regina Ainsworth is a DGA Director, filmmaker, artist, and activist, dedicated to telling stories that inspire positive social change.
Regina started in theatre as an actor, dancer, and writer earning her B.A. in Theatre Arts from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and continued her education with a two-year immersive conservatory program, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. She spent a year observing West End productions in London, and upon returning stateside she began directing for the stage. After becoming fluent in theatre direction, she dove into creating in the digital world. With an eye toward directing episodic television, she landed a job at Warner Bros. Television in the Labor Relations department and began to rise through the ranks.
During her tenure she worked with over 120 productions, including Arrow, The Leftovers, Blindspot, Pretty Little Liars, and Westworld. It was after auditing the Television Director’s Workshop (a program she helped launch) that she made the transition into directing full time. Under her company's banner, Regina has made two independent spec pilots The Project and Law & Order: The Musical, a dramatic short Better Together, a supernatural horror short Perchance to Dream, and is currently developing her next dramatic shorts, Recombined (based on the YA Sci-Fi Tankborn Trilogy, now in post production), Expectations, and A Million Pieces of Hope (all proof of concepts for series or features that will run the festival circuit).
Since joining the Directors Guild of America, she was selected out of over 100 established directors to participate in the career workshop for the Director’s Development Initiative, the DGA’s answer to a fellowship / craft training program. In 2016 she was appointed to coordinate both the DGA’s Women's Steering Committee Proposal’s Subcommittee, and the Latino Committee’s Events Subcommittee. In July 2017, Regina was elected to Co-Chair the Latino Committee (one of a handful of Latinas to ever have the honor in their 30 year history) and she was just re-elected to serve her second term by an overwhelming majority. In June 2019, she was elected to be a Director member delegate, representing the entire membership body, for the Biennial DGA National Convention.
Ainsworth is also a proud member of the Alliance of Women Directors, the Chicana Directors Initiative, NALIP, Women in Film, Women in Media, and Women of Color Unite. She is committed to gender parity and helping people of color find their paths and elevate their craft.
When not actively pursuing her career in directing, Regina enjoys spending time (preferably in the great outdoors) with her young son Elijah, her wonderful husband Scott, and her two fluffy Puggles, Chloe and Cami.