Tonya Pinkins is the Tony Award winning veteran of nine Broadway shows, numerous Off-Broadway shows, and daytime dramas. Her debut feature film, Red Pill, garnered her a Micheaux Film Festival Award for Outstanding Direction of a Feature. Red Pill has been translated into Russian and Spanish and has won over 15 international awards. Tonya has appeared in daytime television’s “As The World Turns” and “All My Children,” along with primetime series “Army Wives,” “Scandal,” “Gotham,” “Fear: The Walking Dead,” and “Madam Secretary.” She will be appearing in the upcoming STARZ series “Run the World” and is currently filming “Women of the Movement” for ABCTV, playing the grandmother of Emmett Till.
Tonya received the 2020 Rachel Crothers Leadership award from the League of Professional Theatre Women and the 2020 Franky Award for extraordinary impact on contemporary theater and performance. Tonya has won Tony, OBIE, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Garland, LA Drama Critics, Lucille Lortel, Audelco, Monarch, NAACP Theater, Stage Raw, Alfred Drake, and Clarence Derwent Awards. She has been nominated for three Tony Awards, along with nominations for Olivier, Joseph Jefferson, Helen Hayes, Drama League, Soap Opera Digest, NAACP Image, Ovation, NOEL, Audience Choice, Black Theater Alliance, and Saturn Awards. Tonya is an outspoken activist who made the New York Times for roasting herself. She is the author of Get Over Yourself! How to Drop the Drama and Claim the Life You Deserve (Hyperion).
Tonya’s podcast “You Can’t Say That,” has been covering the hot topics of the day — especially what Tonya calls the “red pilling of America.”