Tonya Jones is a Los Angeles-based writer and performing artist who is interested in using art as a common language to facilitate dialogue, bridge cultures and communities, and inspire civic engagement. Originally from Newark, NJ, she holds a BA from Howard University and a MFA from Columbia University.
At Columbia, Tonya was awarded the Schubert Presidential Fellowship and starred in the world premiere of James Baldwin’s Another Country, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. She has appeared in several independent films, commercials and stage productions, both off-Broadway and in regional theatre. Some of her credits include Richard III, As You Like It, Intimate Apparel, The Hound of the Baskervilles and Low Level Panic. Additionally, Tonya has written for the stage, magazines, and comedy sites.
Tonya was also a recent Caldera Arts Artist-in-Residence, supported by the Ford Foundation, and has also held teaching positions with Manhattan Theatre Lab, Classic Stage Company, Columbia University’s Summer Institute, and a number of NY and LA public schools.