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 in post production with a sci-fi series proof of concept Recombined (based on the YA Sci-Fi The Tankborn Trilogy). She is currently a writer/director for two independent short form digital series: Confessions by Evette Vargas (supernatural horror/magical realism), and The Park Bench Anthologies by John Aguirre (drama/magical realism) and was slated to shoot her episodes when the pandemic hit.
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 in July 2019. In June 2019, she was elected as a Director member delegate, representing the entire membership body, for the Biennial DGA National Convention.
Ainsworth is a founding member of los directores, a Guild level collective of Latinx directors who has included DGA members from other underrepresented communities to forge their own paths as The Industry reopens. Regina is also a member of the Chicana Directors Initiative, NALIP, Women in Film, Women of Color Unite, and The Writers Room 5050. She is committed to gender parity and helping end underrepresentation and systemic inequality for people of color. Her mentors include Bethany Rooney, Michael Goi, Edward Ornelas, Janice Cooke, and Stephen Soderbergh.