Though she always had a love for acting, Reen's life took a different path for over 30 years.
After graduating from the University of WI-Madison, she embarked on a 10 year career in advertising. Her last advertising job was as Western Advertising Sales Manager for Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, in the San Francisco office.
Then Reen had two daughters and became a stay-at-home mom.
When her girls were very young, Reen volunteered to run the theatre ministry at church, which led her to co-founding a non-profit community theatre, Contra Costa Christian Theatre. For 8 years, she directed and produced a dozen plays and musicals, and managed over 200 volunteers. In 2004, Reen received a Shellie Award for Special Contribution to the Arts.
During the next 10 years, Reen moved to KY, OH, and TN, where she volunteered as a High School Drama Director, and as Hair, Make Up and/or Costumes Manager for the shows that her daughter's were in.
In 2014, as her youngest prepared to graduate from High School, it was time to finally pursue her first passion--serving others through acting.
Her favorite highlights include:
In 2022, she moved to the Los Angeles area and studied comedy improv with The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade. She is currently studying scripted comedy, the Comedy Master Class, with Scott Sedita, Scott Sedita Acting Studios.
In 2020: Reen played Mayor Betz, opposite Jana Kramer ("One Tree Hill," "Friday Night Lights," "Entourage"), Brandon Quinn ("Sweet Magnolias," "The Fosters"), Charlene Tilton ("Dallas"), and Tim Reid ("WKRP in Cincinnati") in Lifetime TV's feature film, "A Welcome Home Christmas."
In 2019, she played Dr. Lynn Harris opposite Clarence Gilyard Jr. ("Die Hard," "Walker, Texas Ranger," "Matlock") in the feature film, "The Perfect Race."
In 2017, Reen earned her SAG-AFTRA card, playing opposite Haley Lu Richardson ("White Lotus," "Five Feet Apart," "Split,") in the independent feature film, "Columbus." Directed by Kogonada, it garnered rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. It also starred John Cho ("Star Trek," "Harold and Kumar," "Searching"), and Parker Posey ("The Good Wife," "Boston Legal").
In 2016, she received a Best Actress Nomination for her work as Detective Sharon Carson, in the 48 Hr Film Project Competition short film, "Missed Call", by Strong Will Entertainment. "Missed Call" received 11 award nominations and received 2 awards.
In addition to on-camera work, Reen enjoys being a voice actor. She has provided voices for several films, various commercials, a cartoon, corporate narration clients, and audio books.