Meet Renata

Renata Hinrichs

Hi.  I’m Renata Hinrichs and I grew up in the Midwest. My parents took me to a performance of The Nutcracker when I was seven, and ballet became my passion. As soon as I was old enough, I moved to New York City to pursue my dream of becoming a dancer. While recovering from an injury, I discovered my other passions: acting and storytelling. One of my earliest gigs was working with Bobbie Flay on his first Food Network show. Not only did I learn great cooking techniques, but I loved eating his delicious food. Highlights of my varied career include starring in a short film that won top honors at the Cannes Film Festival as well as receiving an OBIE Award for best ensemble for a piece called, A SIMPLE HEART with BIG DANCE THEATER.  As an actor, I love playing earthy and complex women with good hearts and good humor who are often struggling with the dark side of humanity. I believe if we can stand in someone else’s shoes, we can find compassion for ourselves and others. I am also a playwright. I am currently working on my second solo play, Random Acts, which received the Best Storytelling Script award from the United Solo Festival in 2014. My play is published by Indie Theater Now.

I love to travel. As a child, I traveled throughout the United States and Canada with my family. As an adult, I lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and traveled throughout Europe. One of my favorite travel experiences was going to Senegal, West Africa, where I spent time learning Senegalese dance.

I am currently a member of FAB Women of the Barrow Group. My first solo show, A WITNESS IN MY HOUSE, was accepted to the Edinburgh Festival. I have worked in theaters in New York and regionally: Dorsett Theater Festival, Boise Contemporary Theater, The Barrow Group, EST, Soho Rep and The Ohio Theater. 

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Film Credits

Starring role (Carol) in the short film Happy Now, directed by Frederikke Aspock. 2004 Cannes Film Festival, Cinefondation 1st Prize Winner. 2004 Deauville Film Festival, Short Film Grand Prize Winner. Happy Now also competed in the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, Shorts in Competition Category, receiving an Official Jury Notice. The film is currently being distributed by Nimbus Films and has been sold for television usage in France, Italy and Japan. Happy Now is available on iTunes.

Starring role of Liz in the short film The End of Magic a Columbia graduate film directed by Ann Husani. End of Magic is the winner of Lifetime Television's screenplay competition and is a coming of age story. Liz, recently divorced, has her first weekend with her daughters, and we soon discover that she is not quite emotionally prepared for this responsibility.

Overseas Credits include

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, performing Tongues. Toured the Obie award winning production A Simple Heart with BIG DANCE THEATER, performing at The Place Theater, London, and the International Festival in the Georgian Republic (hosted by Vanessa Redgrave).

New York Credits include

Dance Theater Workshop production of Big Dance Theater City of Brides for the Fall for Dance Festival at City Center Theater. Renata is one of the Ground Breakers for the Barrow Group. Credits include The Game in The Very Special Blue Plate Special, an evening of Theresa Rebeck one acts, and Short Stuff 5: Plays by Women. Original cast member of Debbie Does Dallas at the NY Fringe Festival and Einstein's Dreams for Ensemble Studio Theater's First Light Project.

Film/TV Credits include

Film School Confidential, Commercial: Lean Cuisine.