Born of the theatre as an actress, dancer, writer, and director, Regina has successfully transitioned her love of movement and connecting with the heart of the story to filmmaking.
Her passion for amplifying authentic experiences that can inspire positive social change is what drives her activism in both her leadership and cinematic worlds.
Ainsworth spent a year observing West End productions in London, and upon returning stateside, began directing regional theatre. With an eye toward directing episodic television, she landed a job at Warner Bros. Television in the Labor Relations department. WBTV was her film school, as she worked with and observed 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.
Regina has directed two independent pilots The Project and Law & Order: The Musical, a dramatic short Better Together, a supernatural horror short Perchance to Dream, and she just began Recombined's festival run (based on the YA Sci-Fi Tankborn Trilogy novels). Tankborn's pilot, which she co-wrote with author Karen Sandler, was a Second Rounder in the Austin Film Festival and Semifinalist in Filmmatic TV Pilot Awards.
Ainsworth is serving her second elected term as the DGA Latino Committee Co-Chair, and is a founding member of los directores, a Guild-level collective of Latinx directors and director’s team members who are dedicated to making the invisible visible, via equitable employment. In addition to her activism, she is also a member of the Chicana Directors Initiative, NALIP, Women in Film, Women of Color Unite, and The Writers Room 5050. Her mentors include Janice Cooke, Michael Goi, Bethany Rooney, and Steven Soderbergh. Regina was also recently selected for #Startwith8Hollywood and is mentored by Noah Jones and Jason Perlman.
She is committed to gender parity and helping end underrepresentation and systemic inequality for people of color.