Russell Hainline


Winter 2023 - Russell Hainline is a screenwriter in Los Angeles. His credits include WEB OF LIES (2018), IN MERRY MEASURE (2022), and the upcoming film THE SANTA SUMMIT (2023).

Summerm 2012 - Russell Hainline (T'07) has been teaching and directing theater in the Washington, DC area for the last three years. He also writes freelance movie reviews for several publications in addition to running his own film criticism blog, He is moving to Los Angeles in August in hopes of selling one of his several completed screenplays.

Winter 2009 - Hainline directed last year's Duke theater studies distinction project production of Oleanna, and over the summer performed the lead role of Bobby Strong in Urinetown (a show he directed as an undergraduate at Duke) at Players-By-The-Sea Theater in Jacksonville, Florida. He currently lives in DC, teaches drama at Colonial Forge High School during the day, and performs stand-up comedy during the evenings with fellow Duke Players alumni Daniel Lerman.

Spring 2009 - Hainline directed Oleanna for a Theater Studies senior’s distinction project this winter. He will be finishing his thesis and his M.A. in Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism for The Ohio State University in the fall. Finally, he was recently commissioned to write film criticism for an online indy art journal, and continues to maintain his film criticism blog,, regularly.

Summer 2008 - Hainline will be directing Oleanna at Duke University in January 2009. He is receiving his M.A. in Theatre History, Literature, and Criticism from The Ohio State University in June 2009, and independently shooting his first feature-length film in the summer of 2009

Summer 2007 - Hainline is working in Jacksonville, FL at the Jewish Community Alliance Theater Camp while also taking on the roles of Rick and Lorraine in Bat Boy: The Musical at Players-By-The-Sea Theater at Jacksonville Beach. He will begin pursuing his Masters in Theater Studies at The Ohio State University in the fall.

Russell Hainline (T’07)