Alysia Reiner is an American actress who has appeared in several award-winning films, television shows, and Off Broadway theatrical works.
Reiner was born on July 21, 1970 in Gainesville, Florida, USA.
Reiner has appeared in several Off Broadway works including two persian-themed plays directed by Abdolhossein Sepanta focusing on the struggles of lesbian women in Persian culture. One of her early roles was in the 2005 Drama Desk-nominated New York premiere of Pentecost, by Tony Award-winning playwright David Edgar. She recently joined Tim Crouch in the Obie Award-winning An Oak Tree at The Barrow Street, and Jayson with a Y with The New Group. At The Beckett, she played roles in Anaïs Nin: One of Her Lives and Wasps in Bed. She has been deemed "Off Broadway Favorite" by Theatremania and was called "priceless" by the New York Times.
Film and television
Reiner has appeared in several recent films, including The Vicious Kind, Arranged, Schooled, and The Narrow Gate (which won the award for "Best Female Filmmaker" at the San Diego Film Festival). In 2005, she played the role of Christine in the film Sideways, which won Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Reiner's only TV lead role was on the pilot of An Englishman in New York. She has appeared as a guest on The Sopranos, Love Monkey, The Jury, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Drew Carey Show, The Practice, Family Law, Jack & Jill, and White Collar. Reiner has a recurring role as Natalie Figueroa on Orange Is the New Black.
Reiner has just announced that she and writing partner Sarah Megan Thomas will be launching Broad Street Pictures to produce films with strong female roles. The company’s first project is to be a thriller set on Wall Street starring Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, best known for The Nanny Diaries, to write the screenplay.
Reiner is married to actor David Alan Basche. The couple has a daughter, Livia, who was born on December 5, 2008.