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Tonya Pinkins

 
Date Of Birth:
May 30, 1962 (60)
Birth Place:
Chicago, IL, USA
Bio:
Pinkins is a Tony, Obie Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lortel Award winning actor. She teaches privately and 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 (Hyperion Books). Tonya works The African ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: May 30, 1962 (60)

Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA

Bio:
Pinkins is a Tony, Obie Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lortel Award winning actor. She teaches privately and 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 (Hyperion Books). Tonya works The African ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Los Angeles]
Original Production, 2017
Anna Jackson
  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Off-Broadway Revival, 2015
Mother Courage
  [Off-Broadway]
The New Group Off-Broadway Production, 2015
Jaclyn
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Mrs. Weston
  [Off-Broadway]
New Federal Theatre & Castillo Theatre Production, 2014
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Premiere, 2013
Gwen Hailey
  [Off-Broadway]
Atlantic Theater Company Production, 2012
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Production, 2012
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Playwrights Horizons Co-Production, 2011
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2007
Mame Wilks
  [London]
Royal National Theatre Production, 2006
Caroline Thibodeaux
  [Broadway]
Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2004
Performer
Caroline Thibodeaux
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2003
Caroline Thibodeaux
Caroline Thibodeaux
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2003
Madame Fleur
  [Off-Broadway]
Workshop, 2002
Performer
  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2000
Muzzy
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2000
Kate
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]
Performer [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Lady Liv
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1995
Clotilde
  [Off-Broadway]
1994
Mistress Ford
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1992
Anita
  [Off-Broadway]
1991
Performer
  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1991
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1990
Doctor / Architect / Chamebermaid / Younger Lady / Trader / Blackshirt / Ludo / Lawyer
  [Off-Broadway]
1990
Lawna (Believing)/ Psychocompany (Phantasies)
  [Off-Broadway]
1988
Eustacia Vye
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1982
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Gwen Wilson

 

Stage

Performances
  [Los Angeles]
Original Production, 2017
Anna Jackson

  [Off-Broadway]
Classic Stage Off-Broadway Revival, 2015
Mother Courage

  [Off-Broadway]
The New Group Off-Broadway Production, 2015
Jaclyn

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2014
Mrs. Weston

  [Off-Broadway]
New Federal Theatre & Castillo Theatre Production, 2014
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Premiere, 2013
Gwen Hailey

  [Off-Broadway]
Atlantic Theater Company Production, 2012
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Production, 2012
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Playwrights Horizons Co-Production, 2011
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2007
Mame Wilks

  [London]
Royal National Theatre Production, 2006
Caroline Thibodeaux

  [Broadway]
Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 2004
Performer

Caroline Thibodeaux

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2003
Caroline Thibodeaux

Caroline Thibodeaux

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2003
Madame Fleur

  [Off-Broadway]
Workshop, 2002
Performer

  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
World Premiere, 2000
Muzzy

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2000
Kate

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1997
Lady Liv

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1995
Clotilde

  [Off-Broadway]
1994
Mistress Ford

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1992
Anita

  [Off-Broadway]
1991
Performer

  [Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1991
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
1990
Doctor / Architect / Chamebermaid / Younger Lady / Trader / Blackshirt / Ludo / Lawyer

  [Off-Broadway]
1990
Lawna (Believing)/ Psychocompany (Phantasies)

  [Off-Broadway]
1988
Eustacia Vye

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1982
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Gwen Wilson

Tonya Pinkins Biography

Pinkins is a Tony, Obie Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lortel Award winning actor. She teaches privately and 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 (Hyperion Books). Tonya works The African American Policy Forum and actively supports #SayHerName and TheMovementForBlackLives among other causes and organizations.

Tonya Pinkins Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Tonya Pinkins, Rasheeda Speaking
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Tonya Pinkins, Rasheeda Speaking
 
The Lortels - 2015 - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play Gold Star
Tonya Pinkins, Rasheeda Speaking
 
The Lortels - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actress Gold Star
Tonya Pinkins, Milk Like Sugar
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play
Tonya PinkinsBlack Pearl Sings!
 
Olivier Awards - 2007 - Best Actress In A Musical
Tonya PinkinsCaroline, Or Change
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress - Musical Gold Star
Tonya Pinkins, Caroline, or Change
 
Obie Awards - 2004 - Performance Gold Star
Tonya Pinkins, Caroline, or Change
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Tonya Pinkins, Caroline, or Change
 
The Lortels - 2004 - Outstanding Lead Actress Gold Star
Tonya Pinkins, Caroline, or Change
 
Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Tonya Pinkins, Caroline, or Change
 
Tony Awards - 1997 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Tonya Pinkins, Play On!
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1993 - Best Actress - Musical Gold Star
Tonya Pinkins, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical
Tonya Pinkins, Jelly's Last Jam
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Tonya Pinkins , Jelly's Last Jam

Tonya Pinkins News

Casting Announced For The 2nd Annual Black Motherhood And Parenting New Play Festival Photo Casting Announced For The 2nd Annual Black Motherhood And Parenting New Play Festival
by Stephi Wild - Sep 29, 2022

Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) and Blackboard Plays have announced the casting for the 2nd Annual Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival, taking place virtually from October 20 - November 14, 2022.  

Lorraine Hansberry Statue 'To Sit A While' to Return to New York at Astor Place Durin Photo Lorraine Hansberry Statue 'To Sit A While' to Return to New York at Astor Place During A RAISIN IN THE SUN Performances
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 21, 2022

During A RAISIN IN THE SUN’s preview performances through Opening Night, theatergoers will be able to visit To Sit A While, a statue of Lorraine Hansberry by sculptor Alison Saar, at Astor Place.

Photos: First Look at LADY DAY at Playhouse on Park in Rehearsal Photo Photos: First Look at LADY DAY at Playhouse on Park in Rehearsal
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 18, 2022

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL by Lanie Robertson will run at Playhouse on Park September 28 - October 16, 2022. This production will be directed by Broadway veteran Stephanie Pope Lofgren. Check out a first look at rehearsals here.

League of Professional Theatre Women to Launch 40th Anniversary Season With Event Thi Photo League of Professional Theatre Women to Launch 40th Anniversary Season With Event This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 15, 2022

The League of Professional Theatre Women will launch its 40th Anniversary Season on September 20th, with birthday messages from theatre luminaries: Irene Gandy, Emily Mann, Charlotte Moore, Estelle Parsons, Tonya Pinkins, Theresa Rebeck, Daryl Roth, Susan Stroman, Linda Winer and more.

Queens Theatre's Training Program For Actors With Disabilities Returns In October Photo Queens Theatre's Training Program For Actors With Disabilities Returns In October
by Stephi Wild - Sep 13, 2022

Applications are being accepted now through September 23rd for the fifth round of Queens Theatre's Theatre For All (TFA) Professional Actor Training Program. The free, two-week program will run virtually this season, from Monday, October 17th through Friday, October 28th and is open to Deaf or Disabled performers, aged 18 and over. Through intensive workshops over the two weeks, students will build skills, as well as their networks. 

Photos: See Tonya Pinkins, Francois Battiste & More in Rehearsals for A RAISIN IN THE Photo Photos: See Tonya Pinkins, Francois Battiste & More in Rehearsals for A RAISIN IN THE SUN at The Public Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 12, 2022

A Raisin in the Sun, featuring Tonya Pinkins as Lena Younger, Francois Battiste as Walter Lee Younger, and more will begin performances in the Newman Theater with a Joseph Papp Free Performance on Tuesday, September 27 and will run through Sunday, November 6. See rehearsal photos here!

Santino Fontana, Clint Holmes, and More Join Jamie DeRoy & Friends Benefit For The En Photo Santino Fontana, Clint Holmes, and More Join Jamie DeRoy & Friends Benefit For The Entertainment Community Fund
by Stephi Wild - Sep 8, 2022

Show business tour de force and 10-time Tony Award-winning producer Jamie deRoy brings her acclaimed Jamie deRoy & friends cabaret show back to New York's famed Birdland, Monday, October 3rd, at 7:00 p.m.  

Cast Announced For Billie Holiday Musical LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Play Photo Cast Announced For Billie Holiday Musical LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at Playhouse On Park
by Stephi Wild - Sep 2, 2022

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL by Lanie Robertson will run at Playhouse on Park September 28 - October 16, 2022. This will be the first production in Playhouse on Park's 14th Main Stage Season. LADY DAY will be directed by Stephanie Pope Lofgren. Music Direction by Nygel D. Robinson. 

Wake Up With BWW 8/23: KPOP Cast, Angelica Ross in CHICAGO Rehearsal, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 8/23: KPOP Cast, Angelica Ross in CHICAGO Rehearsal, and More!
by - Aug 23, 2022

Top stories include casting for KPOP, the new musical headed to Broadway this season. The cast includes BoHyung, Min, Kevin Woo, and more! Plus, get a first look at Angelica Ross in rehearsal for Chicago, The Public announces casting for A Raisin in the Sun, and more!

Francois Battiste, Tonya Pinkins & More to Star in A RAISIN IN THE SUN at The Public  Photo Francois Battiste, Tonya Pinkins & More to Star in A RAISIN IN THE SUN at The Public Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 22, 2022

The Public Theater has announced casting for the upcoming revival of A RAISIN IN THE SUN written by Lorraine Hansberry and directed by Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara. The cast of A RAISIN IN THE SUN will include Francois Battiste (Walter Lee Younger), Tonya Pinkins (Lena Younger), and more.

Tonya Pinkins Videos

VIDEO: Kelly Ripa Talks ABC DAYTIME: BACK ON BROADWAY, Raising Money for Broadway Car VideoVIDEO: Kelly Ripa Talks ABC DAYTIME: BACK ON BROADWAY, Raising Money for Broadway Cares
by Stage Tube - Feb 11, 2021

Kelly talks about the ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway airing on February 11, raising money for Broadway Cares.

BWW TV: See Tonya Pinkins In the New Trailer for RED PILL VideoBWW TV: See Tonya Pinkins In the New Trailer for RED PILL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 4, 2020

Pinkins socio-political horror film, Red Pill, stars Catherine Curtin, Kathryn Erbe Colby Minifie, Luba Mason, Adesola Osakalumi, Jake O'Flaherty, Tonya Pinkins and Rubén Blades. 

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer For Tonya Pinkins' Upcoming Political Horror Film, RED PILL VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer For Tonya Pinkins' Upcoming Political Horror Film, RED PILL
by Stage Tube - Jun 27, 2020

A new trailer has been released for Tonya Pinkins' upcoming political horror film, Red Pill!

VIDEO: Andrea McArdle, Kerry Butler, Christopher Jackson & More Unite to Sing 'Tomorr VideoVIDEO: Andrea McArdle, Kerry Butler, Christopher Jackson & More Unite to Sing 'Tomorrow'
by Stage Tube - Apr 24, 2020

When you're stuck with a day that's gray and lonely, just stick up your chin, grin, and sing 'Tomorrow'! Watch below as stars of stage, screen and more unite to sing the beloved anthem in celebration of our incredible health care providers.

VIDEO: On This Day, June 19 - HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Brings Tupac To Broadway VideoVIDEO: On This Day, June 19 - HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Brings Tupac To Broadway
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 19, 2019

On this day in 2014, the music and poetry of legendary rapper, Tupac Shakur, made its Broadway debut as Holler If Ya Hear Me celebrated its opening night at the Palace Theatre.

VIDEO: On This Day, April 9- Happy Birthday, Cynthia Nixon! VideoVIDEO: On This Day, April 9- Happy Birthday, Cynthia Nixon!
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 9, 2019

On this day we're celebrating the birthday of multiple Tony Award-winner, television star, and former gubernatorial candidate, the great Cynthia Nixon!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At the Revised HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME in Atlanta VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At the Revised HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME in Atlanta
by Alan Henry - Sep 20, 2017

In June of 2014, the new Broadway musical HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, based on the music of Tupac Shakur, opened on Broadway. Starring the spoken word artist Saul Williams, as well as Broadway veterans Tonya Pinkins (CAROLINE OR CHANGE) and Christopher Jackson (IN THE HEIGHTS), the show shuttered after just 17 previews and 38 performances.

STAGE TUBE: Tonya Pinkins Takes On the YouTube Roast Challenge
by Stage Tube - Jan 5, 2017

Tony Award-winner Tonya Pinkins has released a new video as part of the YouTube Roast Challenge with a lot of help from her celebrity friends. 

STAGE TUBE: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Documentary to Hit Theaters; Watch the Official Trailer!
by Stage Tube - Sep 21, 2016

Atlas Media has just announced its upcoming feature-length documentary, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened -- a thrilling, behind-the-scenes look into the 'then' and 'now' of perhaps Stephen Sondheim's most beloved work, Merrily We Roll Along -- has been acquired for theatrical distribution by Abramorama, the industry's preeminent distributor of independent cinema. Check out the official trailer for the film below!

STAGE TUBE: Watch Clips from This Month's ROW J, Featuring FIDDLER Cast, Annaleigh Ashford & More
by Stage Tube - Jan 7, 2016

The Jewish Channel rings in 2016 with the latest edition of its popular theater­-oriented monthly TV show, ROW J. The show is hosted by TJC correspondent Meredith Ganzman; executive producer is Brian Scott Lipton. Click below to watch clips from this month's edition, featuring Broadway's FIDDLER ON THE ROOF cast and more!


Tonya Pinkins Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Tonya Pinkins been in?
Tonya Pinkins has appeared on Broadway in 10 shows.

How many West End shows has Tonya Pinkins been in?
Tonya Pinkins has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Tonya Pinkins been nominated for?
Outstanding Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Rasheeda Speaking , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Rasheeda Speaking , Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (The Lortels) for Rasheeda Speaking , Outstanding Featured Actress (The Lortels) for Milk Like Sugar , Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play (Helen Hayes Awards) for Black Pearl Sings! , Best Actress In A Musical (Olivier Awards) for Caroline, Or Change , Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Caroline, or Change , Performance (Obie Awards) for Caroline, or Change , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Caroline, or Change , Outstanding Lead Actress (The Lortels) for Caroline, or Change , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Caroline, or Change , Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Play On! , Best Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam Outstanding Featured Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam .

What awards has Tonya Pinkins won?
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play (The Lortels) for Rasheeda Speaking, Outstanding Featured Actress (The Lortels) for Milk Like Sugar , Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Caroline, or Change, Performance (Obie Awards) for Caroline, or Change, Outstanding Lead Actress (The Lortels) for Caroline, or Change Best Actress - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Jelly's Last Jam.