A powerhouse actress and consummate pollyanna who uses her superpowers for good (even though she’s know for playing some amazing bitches!), Alysia just finished filming season 4 of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. She won her second SAG award (the first one was for the film SIDEWAYS) for Best Ensemble Cast for her role as “Fig,” the tough as nails assistant warden, and can be seen in seasons 1, 2 and 3 now on Netflix. She just started filming the new FX show BETTER THINGS, brought to you by the inimitable Louie CK and Pamela Adlon. Additionally you can catch her as D.A. Wendy Parks in Shonda Rhimes’ breakout hit HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER on ABC, and Lilian Izikoff on ROSEWOOD on FOX. Oh, and over in “cameo land” she is playing another diva (okay, bitch) on the new Michael Showalter/Sarah-Violet Bliss/Charles Rogers series SEARCH PARTY for TBS.
On the film front, She just starred with 2 time Emmy Winner Anna Gunn in EQUITY, the first ever female driven Wall Street film, which she also produced. EQUITY premiered at Sundance in January and sold to Sony Pictures Classics for a Summer 2016 release. EQUITY was Alysia’s 7th independent feature as an actress in 2015, but the first in her life as actress and producer.
Also on the film front, Reiner was recently seen opposite Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton in 5 FLIGHTS UP, and in THAT AWKWARD MOMENT for Focus Features. She also continues to make her mark in indie films, appearing in FORT TILDEN [Grand Jury Prize at SXSW] and KELLY & CAL [Emergent Director Award at SXSW]. Additional film credits for Reiner include the period thriller PRIMROSE LANE, ARRANGED, KISSING JESSICA STEIN, ONE LAST THING, THE A-LIST, FOR LOVE OF THE GAME with Kevin Costner, and Lee Toland Krieger’s THE VICIOUS KIND which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards.
In addition to her recent starring TV roles, Reiner has also appeared in top television series including “Bones,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Blue Bloods,” “30 Rock,” “Law & Order,” “White Collar,” “The Sopranos,” “Love Monkey,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “The Exes,” “The Starter Wife,” and as a series lead in several TV pilots you will sadly never see.
A classically trained theatre actor, Alysia has also appeared on stages around the world; from the Sundance Filmmakers Lab in Utah to The Royal Court Theatre in London; from the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem NYC to The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. She starred in the New York premiere of “Pentecost” by Tony-winning playwright David Edgar, and the provocative two character play “An Oak Tree” with Tim Crouch, which won a Special Obie Award. Her portrayal of June Miller in “Anais Nin: One Of Her Lives” was critically acclaimed, as was her turn in “Wasps in Bed” at The Beckett Theater, of which The New York Times wrote “Alysia Reiner is priceless.”
Alysia loves working as a change maker for women, and has been invited to the WHITE HOUSE and the UNITED NATIONS to speak about women and entrepreneurship, and has appeared on panels at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Additionally, she was awarded the Sarah Powell Huntington Leadership Award by the Women’s Prison Association, was recognized as an INTELLIGENT OPTIMIST in Ode Magazine, and profiled by New York Women in Film and Television as a “Woman To Watch.”
Passionately committed to protecting the environment, Reiner is a champion of all things eco-friendly. Her completely green Harlem brownstone renovation has been featured on “World’s Greenest Homes,” “Home & Family,” and “Renovation Nation,” as well as in various magazines including Dwell, Gotham, and The Nest. She is also a celebrity spokesperson for Best for Babes and Healthy Child Healthy World. She is a celebrity contributor to the Huffington Post and Maria Shriver’s Website, and has been featured on CNN, People.com, Celebrity Baby Scoop, Stroller Traffic, Healthy Child Healthy World, Family Focus Blog, Today I ate a Rainbow, Your Green Baby, and others.
Additionally, Reiner is involved with many other charities including The Cancer Support Community, Actors for Autism, The Young Women’s Leadership Network, Amnesty International, PEN International, SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, Bent on Learning, and Safe Kids Worldwide.
“Speed Grieving,” the award winning short film that Alysia created, produced and stars in, had it’s world premiere at The Hamptons International Film Festival, has screened at over a dozen more film festivals, and is now used as a grief counseling tool in every Cancer Support Community center in the country.
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