Season 2: Episode 31: Tonya Pinkins Returns: Lessons Learned, Backstage Broadway Stories, Horror Films, Red Pill Movie, Filmmaker

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I am so excited to welcome Tonya Pinkins back to the show! She’s an actress, director, producer, author, filmmaker & so much more! Today we are talking about lessons learned and Tonya has learned a lot in her life! Plus, we chat even more about her horror film Red Pill, which will have its NYC premiere this Friday, August 13 (YES, FRIDAY THE 13TH) at St. Nicholas Park in Harlem at 135th Street.

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  • 7pm Talkback with Director & Cast
  • 8pm Film Screening

Listen to Part 1 of our interview here! – We talked in depth about Tonya’s horror film Red Pill & much more about Broadway, All My Children and Motherhood.

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Tonya Pinkins is a multi-award-winning actress, author, & educator. She has won a Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle & Lortel Award. She teaches privately & at The Atlantic Theater School’s NYU program. Tonya is the author of Get OVER YOURSELF: How to Drop The Drama and Claim The Life You Deserve (Hachette Books). Tonya works with The African American Policy Forum & actively supports #SayHerName & TheMovementForBlackLives among other causes & organizations. 

She is 2019-2022 Fulbright Specialist. Her short film, What Came After, which she produced, directed & adapted with Christopher Oscar Pena from his play, premiered at The New York Short Festival in 2016 & was an official selection in 2017 Sociopolitical Short Festival, Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, National Black Film Festival – Houston, Equality Film Festival, Blow-Up International Arthouse Festival – Chicago, Womyn in Media Newark, Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival, Queens World Film festival, New Filmmakers New York Festival & WIM-Ns Women’s Film Festival. She directed Lighthouse Lili for RipFEST. Tonya has trained with esteemed directors such as Michael Satrazemis (Producing Director Fear of the Walking Dead), Charlotte Brandstrom (Madam Secretary), Melanie Mayron (Famous In Love), & Nick Copus (Gotham).

Tonya co-wrote, produced and directed Truth and Reconciliation of Womyn (The Tank, Deepak Home Base, The Commons, & The #HealMeToo Festival). Tonya’s directing credits include: Till We Meet Again at the 14th Street Y, Paul Robeson: The Opera at Trilogy Opera Company, Bring It On at Black Spectrum Theater, Exit: An Illusion by Marita Bonner for American Bard Theater’s “Visionary Voices,” The Gospel According to Miss Roj from The Colored Museum for Project One Voice at The Kimble Theater, Vagina Monologues for V-Day at The World Health Ministry Conference in Mexico, The Klucking of Hens by Carol Lockwood at New Professional Theater, Lord’s Resistance by Camille Darby at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem, & Dead People’s Things by Patricia Ione Lloyd at Red Circle Rising. Tonya co-directed Laryy Powell’s Easy To Love in the Fire This Time Festival & For Colored Boys by Jesse Alick in 48 Hours in Harlem. She has been developing Blaine Teamer’s #BoxSeats at NYTW and National Black Theater’s Monday Night Reading series.

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