A Bronx, New York native, Reggie Rock Bythewood graduated from Marymount Manhattan College, where he studied acting. He then co-founded a New York City based theater company called The Tribe. The company was comprised of African-American actors who performed in the New York area for more than two years. Bythewood wrote and directed two plays with The Tribe, “The Harlem Cowboy” and “The Arm Wrestle.”
In 1990, Bythewood moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting and became one of the first members of Walt Disney’s prestigious Writers Fellowship Program.
From there, he was hired as a writer on the hit NBC comedy series, “A Different World.” He went on to write for Fox’s drama series “New York Undercover,” where he was the show’s supervising producer.
Bythewood made his feature film directorial debut on the acclaimed independent feature “Dancing in September.” Bythewood also wrote the film, which was screened as an official selection at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. His other feature film writing credits include the screenplay for Spike Lee’s drama “Get On the Bus.”
Bythewood resides in southern California with his wife, filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood, and their two sons, Cassius and Toussaint.