My research focuses on racial theory, representation, and mixed-race histories in performances in Asian/America.
Dr. Rena M. Heinrich is Associate Professor of Theatre Practice in Critical Studies and Chair of Critical Studies and Dramatic Writing at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dramatic Arts as well as an affiliated professor of East Asian Studies in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
A Los Angeles-based director, she has 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. Her original production of Kokoro (True Heart) is featured in the Dramatist Play Service published version. As an actor, she has appeared on daytime and primetime television on FOX, USA, NBC and CBS.
Her current book, Race and Role: The Mixed-Race Asian Experience in American Drama (Rutgers University Press), explores the shifting identities of multiracial Asian figures in theater from the late-nineteenth century to the present day. She is a contributor to the anthology Shape Shifters: Journeys Across Terrains of Race and Identity (University of Nebraska Press) and to The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century (2Leaf Press/University of Chicago Press).