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Emerging playwright and PoNY fellow Dominique Morisseau will engage Tony Award winning actress Tonya Pinkins in a candid conversation about theater, acting, personal journey, women in the arts, and the artist as an activist.
In the past year alone, Tonya Pinkins has given five critically acclaimed performances in roles as diverse as an aging Countess, a syphilitic Bawd, a bitter ghetto mom, a diabetic great grandmother and a faithful Latina from the Bronx. Her performance in MILK LIKE SUGAR won the 2012 Lucille Lortel Award. Tonya’s performances have been nominated for the Olivier, Jefferson, Helen Hayes, NAACP, Dramaleague, What’s On Stage, Audience Choice, Soap Opera Digest, Noel and Ovation awards. She is the winner of the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic’s Circle, Clarence Derwent, Monarch, Black Theater Alliance, Garland, L.A. Drama Critics, Audelco and Obie Awards. She is the author of Get Over Yourself!: How to Drop the Drama and Claim the Life You Deserve (Hyperion Books). She is the creator of The Actorpreneur Attitude and has given workshops lectures and life coaching to businesses and individuals across the globe.
A single mother of four, Tonya is an activist for women and children’s rights. She has won legal battles in several states on the trial and appellate level as a self-represented litigant and most recently with Pinkins v. Stempinski against a Mormon theater teacher and the Corona-Norco school district. Tonya is an accomplished painter and art teacher. She has also been a teacher at every level of education from pre-K through graduate school.
Oprah named her one of the “Ten Women in America Who Will Take Your Breath Away” and Time Out New York included Tonya as “One of Broadways 25 all Time Greatest Divas.” A true Renaissance woman, Tonya Pinkins most recently performed at 54 Below in a musical tribute to Ethel Waters which she is developing into a solo performance piece.
Dominique Morisseau, Writer and Actress, is recent alumni of the 2011 Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and a 2011-2012 Lark Playwrights Workshop fellow. Her play, Detroit ’67, will receive a world premiere in the 2012-2013 season of the Public Theater, which will be presented in association with the Classical Theatre of Harlem. In September 2012, her play, Sunset Baby, will have its world premiere at the Gate Theater in London, UK. Dominique’s inaugural play, Follow Me To Nellie’s, was developed at the 2010 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and produced at Premiere Stages in July 2011. Her produced one-acts include: Third Grade (FTT Festival); Black at Michigan (Cherry Lane Studio/DUTF); and, Socks, Roses Are Played Out, and Love and Nappiness (Center Stage, ATH). Dominique’s commissions include: love.lies.liberation (The New Group), Bumrush (Hip Hop Theater Festival) and The Masterpiece (Harlem9/HSA). Dominique is currently developing a 3-play cycle on her hometown of Detroit, entitled “The Detroit Projects.” The first play in the series, Detroit ’67, was developed at The Public Theater and was a finalist for the 2011 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. The second play in the series, Paradise Blue, was developed June 2011 at the Voice and Vision Retreat, the Hansberry Project at ACT in Seattle, and at Dartmouth with New York Theatre Workshop. Her work has also been published in NY Times bestseller - “Chicken Soup for the African American Soul” and in the Harlem-based literary journal “Signifyin’ Harlem.” Dominique is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Honoree, a two-time NAACP Image Award recipient, a runner-up for the 2011 Princess Grace Award, a recipient of the Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep, a commendation from the Primus Prize by the American Theatre Critics Association, the winner of the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award, and the 2012 PoNY (Playwrights of New York) Fellow.
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