I met Alysia probably 10 years ago through our dear friend and loved one Gurmukh and it was love at first sight (at least from my perspective, ha!). Gurmukh had been invited to go and see the town house that Alysia and her husband had redone in Harlem: not just a typical renovation experience, but a whole statement to environmental consciousness and creating healthy living space out of a dilapidated crack house. Need less to say, I was blown away – not only by the house, but by this woman. I fell in love immediately: Alysia is vibrant, intelligent, humble, gorgeous and funny. How could one not adore her? Sit and talk to her and you really get blown away, she is on it, her level of awareness radiates on all levels.
This is a woman who gives a shit: She has mommie gatherings in Harlem; she is an advocate and spokes person for the Woman’s Prison Association; she is working on several womans projects; she is on fire. I asked Alysia to be a presenter at the BeThe.Vision Conference and she did not hesitate to jump on board, to share her light, her vision, her presence with us all at the gathering. Alysia truly is the “vision” in visionary and I am so excited to have her with us, this July 31st at The Omega Institute.
Alysia is an award winning actress, producer, mother, humanitarian, and outspoken environmentalist.
As an actress, Alysia won a Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance for an Ensemble Cast) playing Christine, Jack’s fiancee and then bride, in the Oscar-winning film “Sideways.” Alysia’s other film credits include “Backwards,” “Not For Nothing,” Arranged,” “Kissing Jessica Stein,” “One Last Thing,” “The A List,” “For Love of the Game” with Kevin Costner, “Row Your Boat” with Jon Bon Jovi, “The Narrow Gate,” “Hourly Rates,” “3 Body Problem,” and “The Stand In.” Her latest film “The Vicious Kind” was produced by Neil LaBute, premiered at Sundance 2009, was nominated for two independent Spirit Awards.
Among her many stage roles, she starred in the New York Premiere of “Pentecost” by Tony-winning playwright David Edgar, and starred in 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.”
This summer she originated the role of Tina Modotti in “Modotti”. Other New York theater includes “Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy With A Somewhat Happy Ending” at The Public Theater, “Jayson With a Y,” “Manhattan Cassanova” with Mercedes Ruehl, and “Love in the Age of Narcissism” and “Dating Games,” both with her husband, actor David Alan Basche. Alysia has appeared on stages around the country; from the Sundance Filmmakers Lab in Utah to The Matrix Theatre in LA to The Forum Theater in New Jersey; and around the world from The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland to The Royal Court Theatre in London.
Alysia’s many TV roles include “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order” (all 3 brands), “30 Rock,” “White Collar,” “Blue Bloods,” “Love Monkey,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “The Practice,” “The Jury,” “Family Law,” “Jack & Jill,” and series lead in the pilot “An Englishman in New York.”
“Speed Grieving,” the short film that Alysia created, produced and stars in, had it’s World Premiere at The Hamptons International Film Festival, and has since been invited to over a dozen more film festivals and has won multiple awards.
As a new mother, she was featured on Celebrity Baby Scoop, is a guest scout on Stroller Traffic, is a celebrity green momma spokesperson for Ruby Pinwheels, and was recently asked to be an official spokeswoman for Best For Babes, an organization that works to change how we view and support breast feeding, and gives moms the solutions they need to make it work. She has been asked to guest blog about green momma living on Dr. Lipman, Today I ate a Rainbow, SippyCup Mom, and more.
Alysia is a champion of all things eco-friendly, and she and her husband recently used their own home as a way to share information about building green. Their brownstone renovation in Harlem was featured on television’s “World’s Greenest Homes” and “Renovation Nation”; in various magazines like Dwell, Gotham, and The Nest; and they allowed the environmentally friendly construction process to be chronicled on Web sites such as Dwell.com and Kohler.com.
Alysia is on the board of The Broad Collective, and is involved with many charities including The Cancer Support Community, Habitat for Humanity, Our Time Theatre Company, 52nd Street Project, Actors for Autism, Joyful Heart Foundation, Comp2Kids, GEMS, and Circle of Health International.
If you have any questions or comments, she would love to hear from you @alysiareiner