Shanti Reinhardt is a playwright and actress raised in Kapa’a, Kauai based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of The American Conservatory Theatre.
Her latest play, Kill ‘Em With Aloha; Or, Da Big Mouth Pidgin English Play (Finalist 2020 & 2021 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Quarterfinalist 2019 ScreenCraft Stage Play Competition, 2nd Rounder 2019 Austin Film Festival.) The play was under option to CBS Television Studios 2021-2022 and is currently in development with producer Lynnette Ramirez and Anonymous Content Productions.
Shanti was recently named a Parity Commission Honorable Mention Playwright for her play, Otis. (Futurefest 2020 & 2021, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Finalist Ashland New Plays Festival) Otis debuted in a workshop production at The Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA.
Blunt Force was produced in NJ Rep’s Theatre Brut Festival. The full-length was presented in a workshop production at Pacific Resident Theatre and followed up by a presentation in “LA Made” series at The Mark Taper Auditorium under a grant from The Los Angeles Public Library. Blunt Force has been adapted into a screenplay, The Hello Kitty Murders (Semi-Finalist 2018 Shriekfest Screenplay Competition.) Her critically acclaimed one-woman show (L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly) Hollywood Hanai premiered at Theatre of NOTE and presented at the HBO workshop.
Shanti has recently been chosen to be part of the Tree Moss 2023-2024 cohort, a professional collective for Hawai’i playwrights. Shanti is also a member of The Dramatists Guild and New Play Exchange.
Max Grossman, Abrams Artists Agency
When a free-spirited, fashion maven who grew up on the streets of New York buys a co-op in a staid Upper Eastside building, five longtime residents discover that they have much more in common than just the walls that separate them. Doors, walls, rooms, boxes, spaces open and close and open again in this cosmic, quirky drama.
KILL ‘EM WITH ALOHA; Or, Da Big Mouth Pidgin English Play is a coming of age story set in 1975, focusing intently on two teenagers who live on the island of Kaua’i. Manny and Janet, both come from working class local families and they navigate a clash of cultures when they befriend hippies who live in the notorious nudist colony, Taylor Camp, which squatted on disputed lands at the end of the road on the North Shore of the island.
Kill 'Em With Aloha; Or, Da Big Mouth Pidgin English Play (2nd Rounder Austin Film Festival) (Quarterfinalist ScreenCraft Stage Play Competition)
Otis (Great Plains Theatre Conference 2018) Finalist (Ashland New Plays Festival 2018. ) 2019 Parity Commission Honorable Mention Playwright