Education:


2007-2009    ABC Writer Development Program New York   

2007-2008    Stuart K. Robinson

2006        Annamette Verspeak- private vocal coaching

2006-2009    Seth Riggs- private vocal coaching

2004        Joan Lader- private vocal coaching

1998-2001    Los Angeles Community College, Cinema Program Certificate


 
2002   Santa Monica College Arts and Entertainment Technology Program


 
1995-1996    Columbia College, Chicago, Bachelor of Arts

1996       
 
California Western Law School

1995       
 
Writer's Bootcamp, Chicago 1992-2000     
 
Thurman Bailey, Private Voice Study

1989       
 
Robert McKee's Story Structure 

1987-1989   
 
William Esper Two-Year Professional Program - Bill Esper, New York, 

1984      
 
  Stella Adler Studio - Stella Adler, Scene Study, New York

1983       
 
Warren Robertson Studio - Warren Robertson, Scene Study, New York 1983-     
 
   Alice Spivak, private acting coach, New York.

1982       
 
Herbert Berghoff Studio - Herbert Berghoff

1980-1981   
 
Carnegie Mellon University- Music Theater Program 

1978      
 
  Northwestern University, Summer Theater Institute, Chicago

1978-1979   
 
Goodman Theater Young People's Program 1977       
 
St. Nicholas Theater Company, 1977,
 
Acting and Scene Study with William H. Macy and Steven Schachter, Lois Hall
 


American Academy of Music, Chicago,Eileen Deneen, Norman Gilbrandson - Singing.


 
Broadway Dance; Jazz Dancing.

Ruth Page School of Ballet (Scholarship student).


Professional Profile:


Thirty five years as a professional ACTOR working in theater, television, film, commercials, industrials, audio books, and recordings

A published author, lecturer and educator in the arts, and self-improvement, MASTER CLASSES at universities, CORPORATE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

WGA writer, television and short films

Public school teacher, created trade marked teaching program: THE ACTORPRENEUR ATTITUDE, private coaching in ACTING, SOLO PERFORMANCE, SINGING, MUSICAL THEATER, ART HISTORY, DRAWING and PAINTING

Ten years cumulative experience as a DIRECTOR in Theater and independent short films
  

Awards and Honors:


2010    HELEN HAYES Nomination- Best actress in a play- BLACK PEARL SINGS

2008     OVATION Nomination- Best Actress in a Play- AND HER HAIR WENT WITH HER

2007    WHATS ON STAGE Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical in London- CAROLINE OR CHANGE

2007     AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD for  favorite Featured Actress in a Play- RADIO GOLF

2007    OLIVIER NOMINATION for Best Actress in a Musical for CAROLINE OR CHANGE

2005    NACCP THEATER AWARD Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for CAROLINE OR CHANGE

2004-2005    LOS ANGELES DRAMA CRITICS AWARD- Lead Actress for CAROLINE OR CHANGE

2004    BACKSTAGE “GARLAND AWARD”- Outstanding Performance for CAROLINE OR CHANGE

2004    AUDELCO AWARD for Best Actress in a Musical for CAROLINE OR CHANGE

2004    LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD for Best Actress in a Musical for CAROLINE OR CHANGE

2004 TONY NOMINATION for Best Actress in a Musical for CAROLINE OR CHANGE

2004    OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE NOMINATION for Best Actress in a Musical for CAROLINE OR CHANGE

2004    DRAMA DESK NOMINATION for Best Actress in a Musical for CAROLINE OR CHANGE

2004    DRAMA LEAGUE NOMINATION for Best Actress in a Musical for CAROLINE OR CHANGE

2003-2004    OBIE AWARD - Best Actress in a Musical- CAROLINE OR CHANGE

1998    BLACK THEATER ALLIANCE AWARD, Best Featured Actress
for "Play On," Goodman Theater, Chicago

1998    JOSEPH JEFFERSON NOMINATION, Best Actress in a Musical
for "Play On," Goodman Theater, Chicago

1997    TONY NOMINATION, Best Actress in a Musical for "Play On," Broadway

1992     OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD, Best Featured Actress in a Musical
for "Jelly's Last Jam," Broadway

1992    N.A.A.C.P. IMAGE NOMINATION, Best Actress in a Daytime Drama
for "All My Children"

1992    TONY AWARD, Best Featured Actress in a Musical
for "Jelly's Last Jam," Broadway

1992    DRAMA DESK AWARD, Best Featured Actress in a Musical"
for "Jelly's Last Jam," Broadway

1992    CLARENCE DERWENT AWARD, Most Promising Actress of the Season
for "Jelly's Last Jam," Broadway

1992    MONARCH AWARD, Best Actress in a Musical
for "Jelly's Last Jam," Broadway

1992    SOAP OPERA DIGEST NOMINATION, Best Featured Actress in a Daytime
Drama for "All My Children"

1980    NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLAR

Directing:

2009    JUST LET ME SING written and performed by Sybil D. Harris- Los Angeles Attic Theater

2008    THE CLUCKING OF HENS by Carole Lockwood- Staged Reading- The New Professional Theater 42nd St.

2006    TRUE GRITS written by Blaine Teamer part 3 “Tagalog”

2004    LIGHTHOUSE LILI written by     Ripfest # 5
http://www.ripfestfilmproject.com/ripfest5.html
http://vimeo.com/23813496

2002    THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES- V-DAY- World Health Conference San Miguel De Allende, Mexico (Bi-lingual production)

2001     THE BICYCLE written and produced by Tonya Pinkins , starring James Pickens and Loretta Devine

2000    NAKED LUNCH written and produced by Tonya Pinkins starring Wendell Pierce

Writing:

Published Work:

Forty Things to Do When You Turn Forty: Forty Experts on the Subject of Turning Forty by Allison Kyle Leopold (Oct 15, 2007)

Fired!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, & Dismissed by Annabelle Gurwitch, Bill Maher, Felicity Huffman and Bob Saget (Feb 28, 2006)

Get Over Yourself: How to drop the drama and claim the life you deserve- Hyperion Books (Jan. 2006)
1997 AFTRA MAGAZINE 60 YEAR ISSUE - "Having It All."



Teaching/Lectures/Directing/Script Development Experience:

Master Class to the  third graduate students of Rutger’s University - Old Globe Theater London 2006

Master Class to the graduate Acting Student- American Conservatory Theater- 2006

Actorpreneur Attitude Trade Mark 2006

Private Coaching Los Angeles- 2005-

Musical Theater Workshop- Celebration Theater -2005

Spiritworks- lecture "Career vs Job- Are you about your business or Somebody else's?" Los Angeles August 2005

Omega Institute -Arts Week= The Actorpreneur Attitude-July 2005

Omega "Being Fearless Conference" Sheraton NY April 2005

Essence Women Who Are Changing The World Summit- NYC Oct 2004

National Foundation For Advancement of The Arts-National Panelist-Oldest Arts Awards Organization in the country. Finalists go on to be Presidential Scholars. 2003-2006
 


Creative Planet School For The Arts, El Monte, California-Music Theatre Workshop for 25 students K-12, 2003
 


National Foundation For The Advancement of the Arts- Regional Panelist coaching High School applicants and administering scholarships 2001-2002

June 2002
 
V-DAY- San Miguel de Allende, Mexico GTO, part of the world Health Conference and benefiting the CASA Midwifery clinic

Private Coaching in voice, music performance and acting
 
2002

LAUSD - Visual Arts Instructor, 6th to 8th grades, 2000-2001

LAUSD substitute teacher grades nursery school through High School including special education classes


 
THE DIVA PROJECT - directed by Ted Sod; George Street Playhouse,
Trenton, New Jersey. l taught eighth-grade girls to write a performance piece
based on their own lives. I  performed a one-woman piece. 2001
 


University of California at San Diego - Teaching cold reading for the second-year
graduate students (Substituting for Acting Chair Kyle Donnelly), fall 2000.


 
Montclair School of Dance,
 
Teaching private acting class, 1993.
 


Playwrights' Preview Productions, Playwriting Committee
Responsible for selecting new plays and staging readings, 1986-88.


 
Organization of Black Screenwriters Script Development Committee
Responsible for reading new scripts and writing coverage.

PROFESSIONAL THEATER

Up Coming Work:

2012    LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE  directed by Karen Carpenter- West Side Arts Theater

2012    THE HURT VILLAGE written by Katori Hall,  directed by Patricia McGregor at The Signature Theater

2012    THE PULLMAN PORTER BLUES  written by Cheryl West, directed by Lisa Peterson- Seattle Repertory Theater

New York Theater

2011    MILK LIKE SUGAR- Myrna -directed by Rebecca Taichman- written by Kristen Greenwich- La Jolla Playhouse and Playwrights Horizons

2011     ALLS WELL THAT ENDS WELL- directed by Daniel Sullivan- New YOrk Shakespeare Festival

2011     MEASURE FOR MEASURE- directed by David Esbjornson- New York Shakespeare Festival

2007     RADIO GOLF-directed by Kenny Leon -written by August Wilson-

2004     CAROLINE OR CHANGE-Caroline-directed by George C. Wolfe, written by
Tony Kushner and Jenine Tesori- Eugene O'Neill Theater

2003     THE HOUSE OF FLOWERS, directed by Kathleen Marshall, written by Truman
Capote and Harold Arlen, starring Armelia McQueen, Maurice Hines. Roscoe Lee
Browne, City Centers ENCORES.

2000     THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, directed by Joe Montello, written by Eve
Ensler; starring Brett Butler and Kimberly Williams; West Side Theater.


2000     THE WILD PARTY - Kate - directed by George Wolfe, written by George Wolfe
and Michael John LeChuisa; starring Toni Collette, Mandy Patinkin and
Eartha Kitt; The Virginia Theater.

1996-2007     PLAY ON - Lady Liv - directed by Sheldon Epps, written by Cheryl West and Duke Ellington; starring Carl Anderson and Larry Marshall;
The Brooks Atkinson Theater.

1995     CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD - Clotilde - directed by Graciela
Daniele, written by Jim Lewis, Michael John LaChuisa, Graciela Daniele and
Bob Telson; starring Saundra Santiago; The Plymouth Theater.

1994     THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR - Mistress Ford - directed by Daniel
Sullivan, written by William Shakespeare; starring Brian Murray, David Alan
Grier and Margaret Whitton; The Delacourte Theater.

1992     JELLY'S LAST JAM - Sweet Anita - directed and written by George Wolfe;
starring Gregory Hines, Keith David, Savion Glover, Ben Vereen, Brian Stokes
Mitchell, Reuben Santiago Hudson and Ann Duquesnay; The Virginia Theater.

1990    CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE - various roles - directed by George Wolfe,
written/adapted by George Wolfe; starring Charlayne Woodard and Reggie
Montgomery; The Public Theater.

1990    BELIEVIN' directed by Clinton Turner-Davis; starring Wendell Pierce and
Cynthia Martell; Young Playwright's Festival; PSYCHONEUROTIC
FANTASIES - directed by Gloria Muzio; Playwright's Horizons.

1989    JUST SAY NO - Eustacia Vye - directed by David Esbjornson, written by Larry
Kramer; starring Cathleen Chalfant and David Margulies; The WPA Theater.

1984    MY NAME IS ALICE - Charlaine/Alaina - directed by Julie-Ann Boyd and
Joan Micklin-Silver; starring Donna Murphy; The Village Gate.

1983    LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS - Urchin - directed by Howard Ashman,
written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menckan; starring Ellen Greene and
Faith Prince; The Orpheum Theater.

1982    LIGHTENING AND GAIA, written by Joe
Pintaro; SHE SAID A BAD WORD, Circle Repertory Lab, New York.

1981     MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG - Gwen Wilson - directed by Harold Prince,
written by Steven Sondheim and George Furth; starring Jason Alexander, Lonny Price
and Giancarlo Esposito; The Neil Simon Theater.

REGIONAL THEATER

2011    MILK LIKE SUGAR- Myrna, written by Kirsten Greenwich, directed by Rebecca Taichmann- LaJolla Playhouse

2009    BLACK PEARL SINGS- Pearl, written by directed by Jenifer nelson- FORD’S THEATER

2008      AND HER HAIR WENT WITH HER written by Zina Camblin , directed by The Fountain Theater

2008      AS MUCH AS YOU CAN  written by Paul Oakley Stovall- Celebration Theater

2005 CAROLINE OR CHANGE-Caroline-directed by George C. Wolfe, written by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori- Curren Theater San Francisco

2004- CAROLINE OR CHANGE-Caroline-directed by George C. Wolfe, written by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori-Ahmanson Theater Los Angeles

UNTITLED SOLO WORK- written by Tonya Pinkins, directed by Ted Sod- George
Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey

NO NIGGERS, NO JEWS, NO DOGS - Mattie - directed by David Esbjornson,
written by John Henry Redwood; starring Reuben Santiago Hudson; Eugene
O'Neill Conference, New London, Connecticut.


THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE - Muzzy - directed by Michael Mayer,
written by Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan and Jeanine Tesori; The La Jolla
Playhouse, LaJolla, California.

PLAY ON - Lady Liv - directed by Sheldon Epps, written by Cheryl West and Duke Ellington; Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle; The Goodman Theater,
Chicago; The Old Globe Theater, San Diego.

JELLY'S LAST JAM - Sweet Anita - directed by George Wolfe,
written by George Wolfe, Susan Birkenhead and Jelly Roll Morton;
The Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles.

THE PIANO LESSON - Grace - directed by Lloyd Richards, written by August
Wilson; starring Roc Dutton, Rocky Carroll and S. Epatha Markerson; The
Goodman Theater, Chicago.

JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE - Mattie - directed by Claude Purdy,
written by August Wilson; The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh.

STEALIN' directed by Ted Sod, written by Ted Sod and Ada Janek; Eugene
O'Neill Music Theater Conference

FILM

Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom - Mrs. Robinson      2008

Enchanted - Phoebe Banks     2007

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (documentary) - Herself, Soundtrack (performer: "Dotty and Caroline", "Gonna Pass Me a Law", "Noah Go to Sleep", "Lot's Wife", "Moon Trio", "Roosevelt Petrucius Coleslaw")     2007

Premium - Marva     2006
 
True Grits (short) - Woman #1    2006
 
Romance & Cigarettes - Female Medic     2005
 
Love, Mom (short) - Mom    2004
 
 Love Hurts - Auntie V     2002
 
Above the Rim - Mailika     1994

See No Evil, Hear No Evil - Leslie     1989

Hotshot - Actress    1987
 
Beat Street - Angela     1984
 
Growing Up Young (short) - Carol     1980

TELEVISION

A WHITE HOUSE CELEBRATION OF BROADWAY AND THE AMERICAN MUSICAL    PBS 2010

Army Wives (TV series) - Viola Crawford (5 episodes, 2009)
 
   Fields of Fire - Actress     2009
 
   Fire in the Hole - Actress    2009

   M.I.A. - Actress     2009
 
   Disengagement - Viola Crawford     2009
 
   About Face - Viola Crawford     2009
 
All My Children (TV series) - Livia Frye Cudahy / Livia Frye / Livvia Frye / Livvie Frye (61 episodes, 1991-2009), Soundtrack (1 episode, 1992)
 
   Episode #1.10057 - Livia Frye     2009
 
   Episode #1.10041 - Livia Frye     2009
 
   Episode #1.10040 - Livia Frye     2009
 
   Episode #1.9851 - Livia Frye     2008
 
   Episode #1.9848 - Livia Frye (voice)     2008

  (57 more)
 
24 (TV series) - Alama Matobo (4 episodes, 2009)
 
   Day 7: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. - Alama Matobo     2009
 
   Day 7: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. - Alama Matobo     2009
 
   Day 7: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. - Alama Matobo     2009
 
   Day 7: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Alama Matobo     2009
 
The Closer (TV series) - Donna Taft (1 episode, 2008)
    Split Ends - Donna Taft     2008
  
Working in the Theatre (TV series) - Actor (1 episode, 2007)
  
   August Wilson's Legacy - Actor     2007
 
Law & Order (TV series) - Angela Young / Woman (2 episodes, 1990-2006)
 
   Hindsight - Angela Young    2006
 
   Subterranean Homeboy Blues - Woman     1990

Cold Case (TV series) - Dina Miller (1 episode, 2006)
 
   The River - Dina Miller     2006
 
Criminal Minds (TV series) - Det. Nora Bennett (1 episode, 2006)
 
   A Real Rain - Det. Nora Bennett     2006

Sleeper Cell (TV series) - Anita Al-Sayeed (1 episode, 2005)
 
   Family - Anita Al-Sayeed     2005
 
The 58th Annual Tony Awards (TV special) - Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Actress in a Musical, Soundtrack (performer: "Lot's Wife")     2004
 
The Guardian (TV series) - Melinda Tralins (1 episode, 2002)
 
   In Loco Parentis - Melinda Tralins     2002
 
University Hospital (TV series) - Nurse Mary Jenkins (7 episodes, 1995)
 
   Shadow of a Doubt - Nurse Mary Jenkins     1995
 
   'Til Death Do Us Part - Nurse Mary Jenkins     1995
  
   Dark Side of the Moon - Nurse Mary Jenkins     1995
 
   Crisis in Unit 2E - Nurse Mary Jenkins    1995

   You Can Run... - Nurse Mary Jenkins    1995
 
  (2 more)

Against Their Will: Women in Prison (TV movie) - Sondra     1994

Strapped (TV movie) - A.T.F. Officer 1993

The Cosby Show (TV series) - Iris (1 episode, 1990)
 
   Elvin Pays for Dinner - Iris     1990
 
Crime Story (TV series) - Junkie Prostitute (1 episode, 1986)
   Justice Hits the Skids - Junkie Prostitute     1986
 
Rage of Angels: The Story Continues (TV movie) - Sharon     1986
 
As the World Turns (TV series) - Heather Dalton (6 episodes, 1983-1986)
 
   Episode dated 25 April 1986 - Heather Dalton (uncredited)  1986
 
   Episode dated 24 April 1986 - Heather Dalton     1986

 Episode dated 17 April 1986 - Heather Dalton (uncredited)     1986
 
   Episode dated 16 April 1986 - Heather Dalton (uncredited)     1986
   Episode dated 15 April 1986 - Heather Dalton     1986
 
  (1 more)
 
American Dream (TV series) - Actress (1 episode, 1981)
 
   American Dream - Actress     1981
 
Search for Tomorrow (TV series) - Composer (unknown episodes)     1991
 
Self (11 titles)
 
Curb: The Discussion (TV series) - Herself (2 episodes)
 
   The Weatherman - Herself
 
   Ben's Birthday Party - Herself

SoapTalk (TV series) - Herself (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
 
   Episode dated 8 September 2006 - Herself     2006
 
   Episode dated 8 December 2004 - Herself    2004
 
Bid Whist Party Throwdown (TV series) - Herself (1 episode, 2005)
 
   Episode dated 26 November 2005 - Herself     2005

Black in the 80s (TV mini-series documentary) - Herself     2005

Black Theater Today: 2005 (documentary) - Self    2005
 
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde (TV documentary) - Herself     2004
 
Dennis Miller (TV series) - Herself (1 episode, 2004)
 
   Episode dated 14 December 2004 - Herself     2004
 

The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (TV special) - Herself      2004
 
The 51st Annual Tony Awards (TV special) - Herself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Musical     1997
 
Good Day New York (TV series) - Herself (1 episode, 1993)
 
   Episode dated 9 March 1993 - Herself     1993

Great Performances (TV series) - Herself (1 episode, 1992)
 
   Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway - Herself    1992

Composer:

Numerous background and featured musical compositions for ALL MY CHILDREN, ANOTHER WORLD, AS THE WORLD TURNS, and SEARCH FOR TOMORROW.


Benefits, Lectures, Panels:


Broadway Backwards directed by Danny Whitman- Vivian Beaumont Theater 2010

The Nightengale written by Steven Sater and Dunkin Sheik directed by James Lapine

Cottesloe Theatre In conversation with Tonya Pinkins finished on: 3 January 2007

Catonsville Nine- staged reading benefitting The Actor’s Gang directed by Gordon Davidson starring Martin Sheen, Tim Robbins, Beau Bridges, Mike Farrell, Camryn Manheim and Sandra Oh. 2007

110 Stories by Sarah Tuft benefitting Leary Light House Foundation- Public Theater 2004

YEAR REUNION MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG concert to benefit Music Theater Works stariing Jason Alexander, Lonny Price, Giancarlo Esposito directed by
Kathleen Marshall- LaGuardia High School For The Performing Arts September 30,
2002

Lincoln Center Director’s Lab- panelist with Richard Thomas, Charlayne Woodard
and Caroline Lagerfelt, Pasadena Playhouse 2002

V-DAY APOLLO , starring Denyce Graves, Salma Hayek, S Epatha Merkerson,
Rosario Dawes and Sweet Honey in the Rock

STAGE LA benefit concert featuring the work of Johnny Mercer, starring Petula Clark, directed by David Galligan,Luckman Arts Complex

V DAY 2001; Madison Square Garden, Starring 72 Phenomenal Women,
including Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, and Glen Close.

U.C.S.D., San Diego; Guest Lecturer for graduate students.

CAMP BROADWAY, New York; Guest Lecturer.

AMERICAN THEATER WING; "Working in the Theater" - PBS.

THEATER COMMUNICATIONS GROUP CONVENTION, Goodman Theater, Chicago.

SONGS THAT WERE HITS IN SHOWS THAT WERE FLOPS written and directed by Martin Charnin

CIRCLE REPERTORY COMPANY BENEFIT, directed by Lanford Wilson;
The Supper Club, New York.

L.A.M.D.A. BENEFIT; Carnegie Hall, New York.

HALE HOUSE BENEFIT Honoring Lena Horne and Tony Bennett, New York.

AIDS WALK, New York.

CHARLIE ROSE; Panel with Frank Rich, George Wolfe, John Lahr.

Community Service:

Operation Z (Zero Tolerance for violence against children) - Co-founder
volunteer advocate, consultant, researcher,
 
writer/presenter.

Featured Lecture, "Getting the Word Out About Child Abuse" - U.S. Public
Health Service, Ocean City, Maryland.

World Women's Project, Beijing, China

 
Teacher/Presenter: Workshop on Child Custody Laws in the United States.

The Non-Traditional Casting Project - Board of Directors.



Concerts/Cast Albums:


A White House Celebration of Broadway and the American Musical directed by George C. Wolfe featuring Elaine Stritch, Nathan Lane, Marvin Hamlisch, Audra McDonald and Idena Menzel July  15, 2010

Eartha Kitt’s 80th Birthday Celebration- Carnegie Hall JV Jazz Festival 2008

Children and Art [Original, Special, Benefit]Mar 21, 2005 

NEO-New Emerging, Outstanding York Theater Benefit Concert and Cast album

American Songbook: Tonya Pinkins: A Harold Arlen Tribute- Jazz at Lincoln Center -Allen Room 2004

Nothing Like A Dame- Actor’s Fund Benefit - St James Theater 2004

Caroline or Change cast album 2004


2002-2003 Agape International Spiritual Center

Christ Universal Temple mistress of Ceremonies 

Live @ Joe’s Pub Album- divinity to Infinity Records produced by John Barnes, engineered by John Brengman mastered at Innersound Studios Los Angeles


 
DREAM the music of John Mercer for Stage show La arranged by Ron Abel produced and directed by David Galligan and cast album
 


JOE’s PUB , New York Shakespeare Festival in Manhattan


 
The Wild Party cast album

Play On cast album


 
The Congressional Black Caucus, Washington, D.C.
 


LE CAV written and composed by Tonya Pinkins, New York


 
Jelly’s Last Jam cast album

DON'T TELL MAMA by Tonya Pinkins, New York
 


SWEETWATERS directed by James Lecesne, Written by George Wolfe, NY

Merrily We Roll Along cast album
 
Magazines:

5 questions for: Tonya Pinkins.(Interview): An article from: Ebony (Dec 29, 2005)

Essence Magazine April 1993: Mary J. Blige, Miki Howard, Tonya Pinkins; Ta-ning! Cover by Essence (1993)

The Women of Brewster Place: A Novel in Seven Stories by Gloria Naylor and Tonya Pinkins (Jan 1, 1994)

Vagina Warriors by Eve Ensler and Joyce Tenneson (Feb 2, 2005)
 


Audio Books:


Chocolate for A Womans Soul  July 01, 2004

Silent Cradle     May 01, 1998

1994 - The Women of Brewster Place a Novel in Seven Stories (Audio Cassette) → Paperback, Hardcover

Book of Virtues I and II By William J. Bennett Read by: William J. Bennett, Harriet Walter, Joe Morton, Michael York, Charlton Heston, Elayne Bennett, Dana Ivey, Tonya Pinkins, Fritz Weaver, Faith Prince and Tom Selleck

Affiliations:


W.G.A.

B.M.I. Songwriter
 


Actors' Equity Association


 
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists


 
Screen Actors Guild
 


Organization of Black Screenwriters
 


Independent Feature Project West
 


American Federation of Teachers


 
United Teachers of Los Angeles





 

  


  

  

  



  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching/Lectures/Directing/Script Development Experience:


Spiritworks- lecture "Career vs Job- Are you about your business or Somebody else's?" Los Angeles August 2005

Omega Institute -Arts Week= The Actorpreneur Attitude-July 2005

Omega "Being Fearless Conference" Sheraton NY April 2005

Essence Women Who Are Changing The World Summit- NYC Oct 2004

National Foundation For Advancement of The Arts-National Panelist-Oldest Arts Awards Organization in the country. Finalists go on to be Presidential Scholars. 2003-2006

Creative Planet School For The Arts, El Monte, California-Music Theatre Workshop for 25 students K-12, 2003

National Foundation For The Advancement of the Arts- Regional Panelist coaching High School applicants and administering scholarships 2001-2002

June 2002 V-DAY- San Miguel de Allende, Mexico GTO, part of the world Health Conference and benefiting the CASA Midwifery clinic

Private Coaching in voice, music performance and acting 2002

LAUSD - Visual Arts Instructor, 6th to 8th grades, 2000-2001

THE DIVA PROJECT - directed by Ted Sod; George Street Playhouse,
Trenton, New Jersey. I will teach eighth-grade girls to write a performance piece
based on their own lives. I will perform a one-woman piece. 2001

University of California at San Diego - Teaching cold reading for the second-year
graduate students (Substituting for Acting Chair Kyle Donnelly), fall 2000.

Montclair School of Dance, Teaching private acting class, 1993.

Playwrights' Preview Productions, Playwriting Committee
Responsible for selecting new plays and staging readings, 1986-88.

Organization of Black Screenwriters Script Development Committee
Responsible for reading new scripts and writing coverage.



Education:

Los Angeles Community College, Cinema Program

Santa Monica College Arts and Entertainment Technology Program.

Columbia College, Chicago, Bachelor of Arts, 1996.

California Western Law School, 1996.

Writer's Bootcamp, Chicago, 1995.

Robert McKee's Story Structure, 1989.

William Esper Two-Year Professional Program - Bill Esper, New York, 1987-89.

Stella Adler Studio - Stella Adler, Scene Study, New York, 1984.

Warren Robertson Studio - Warren Robertson, Scene Study, New York, 1983.

Alice Spivak, private acting coach, New York.

Herbert Berghoff Studio - Herbert Berghoff, 1982.

Carnegie Mellon University- music theater program 1980-1981

Northwestern university, Summer Theater Institute, Chicago, 1978.

Goodman Theater
Young People's Program, 1978-79.

St. Nicholas Theater Company, 1977, Acting and Scene Study with William H. Macy and
Steven Schacter.

Seth Riggs- voice , Joan Lader- voice, Thurman Bailey, Private Voice Study, 1992 - 2000.

American Academy of Music, Chicago, Eileen Deneen, Norman Gilbrandson - Singing.

Broadway Dance; Jazz Dancing.

Ruth Page School of Ballet (Scholarship student).



Published Work:


 

2006 Get Over Yourself: How to drop the drama and claim the life you deserve- Hyperion Books

 

1997 AFTRA MAGAZINE 60 YEAR ISSUE - "Having It All."

Numerous background and featured musical compositions for ALL MY CHILDREN, ANOTHER WORLD, AS THE WORLD TURNS, and SEARCH FOR TOMORROW.



Unpublished Work:

1999 - A Trial of Faith: Memoirs of a Pro Se Litigant
First-person account of my experiences acting as my own lawyer
in the courts of New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Nevada.



Works in Progress/Scheduled Appearances:

Dangerous Players- a novel

THE BRIDGES I'VE BURNED by Tonya Pinkins - a memoir of a life in the theater.



Audio Books:

1998 by Margaret Cuthbert; Simon & Schuster.
1997 ; Simon & Schuster.
1995 by William Bennett; Simon & Schuster.
1993 by William Bennett; Simon & Schuster.
1992 by Gloria Naylor; Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich.



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1992
YEAR REUNION MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG concert to benefit Music
Theater Works stariing Jason Alexander, Lonny Price, Giancarlo Esposito directed by
Kathleen Marshall- LaGuardia High School For The Performing Arts September 30,
2002

Lincoln Center Director’s Lab- panelist with Richard Thomas, Charlayne Woodard
and Caroline Lagerfelt, Pasadena Playhouse 2002

V-DAY APOLLO , starring Denyce Graves, Salma Hayek, S Epatha Merkerson,
Rosario Dawes and Sweet Honey in the Rock

STAGE LA
benefit concert featuring the work of Johnny Mercer, starring Petula Clark, directed by David Galligan,Luckman Arts Complex

V DAY 2001; Madison Square Garden, Starring 72 Phenomenal Women,
including Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, and Glen Close.

U.C.S.D., San Diego; Guest Lecturer for graduate students.

CAMP BROADWAY, New York; Guest Lecturer.

AMERICAN THEATER WING; "Working in the Theater" - PBS.

THEATER COMMUNICATIONS GROUP CONVENTION, Goodman Theater, Chicago.

CIRCLE REPERTORY COMPANY BENEFIT, directed by Lanford Wilson;
The Supper Club, New York.

L.A.M.D.A. BENEFIT; Carnegie Hall, New York.

HALE HOUSE BENEFIT Honoring Lena Horne and Tony Bennett, New York.

AIDS WALK, New York.

CHARLIE ROSE; Panel with Frank Rich, George Wolfe, John Lahr.



Community Service:

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1995

1992

Operation Z (Zero Tolerance for violence against children) - Co-founder
volunteer advocate, consultant, researcher, writer/presenter.

Featured Lecture, "Getting the Word Out About Child Abuse" - U.S. Public
Health Service, Ocean City, Maryland.

World Women's Project, Beijing, China
Teacher/Presenter: Workshop on Child Custody Laws in the United States.

The Non-Traditional Casting Project - Board of Directors.



Concerts/Cast Albums:

  



Affiliations:

B.M.I. Songwriter

Actors' Equity Association

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Screen Actors Guild

Organization of Black Screenwriters

Independent Feature Project West

American Federation of Teachers

United Teachers of Los Angeles

 

20 Questions With... Tonya Pinkins
American actress Tonya Pinkins - who has been nominated for a Whatsonstage.com Award for her title performance in Caroline, or Change - explains why the Tony Kushner musical has become a family affair & notes how small changes affect the world.

Award-winning American actress Tonya Pinkins grew up in Chicago and studied musical theatre before moving to New York when she landed a role in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, aged just 19.

She received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Derwent Awards for Jelly’s Last Jam, and also appeared in The Wild Party, Play On, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold on Broadway, as well as Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s 2004 Broadway musical Caroline, or Change, for which she received the Obie, Lortel and LA Drama Critics Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award.
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