June 7,2013 – Tony Award winning actress, vocalist and writer Tonya Pinkins will perform “Tonya Pinkins Unplugged” at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival held in Winston-Salem on July 29. Labeled one of the most “dynamic theater vocalists of her generation, Tonya will present an exciting evening of theater songs together with stories gleaned from her accomplished career. Tonya most recently headlined at Joe’s Pub on Monday, June 3 for the debut of “Tonya Pinkins Unplugged.”
Ms. Pinkins’ celebrated stage roles include: Gwen in the original cast of the Stephen Sondheim / George Furth musical, “Merrily We Roll Along,” (Broadway Debut) “Jelly’s Last Jam,” (Tony Award) “Caroline, or Change,” “Play On!,” “The Wild Party,” and “Chronicle of a Death Foretold.” Her television credits include: “As The World Turns,” “All My Children,” “Army Wives,” and “24.” Film credits include: “Newlyweeds,” (2013 Sundance Film Festival selection) “Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom,” “Enchanted,” and “Show Business: The Road to Broadway.”
Ms. Pinkins’ performances have been nominated for the Olivier, Jefferson, Helen Hayes, NAACP, Drama League, What are 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, Obie Awards and 2012 Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in the World Premiere of “Milk Like Sugar.”
In July, Ms. Pinkins’ will be joining Broadway Theatre Project’s 2013 season as a guest artist. The 23rd Season of Broadway Theatre Project will take place on July 7- 28, 2013. Tonya joins the ranks of Gregory Hines, Austin Pendleton, Julie Andrews, Joel Grey, and Patti Lupone, among many others as a guest faculty member at the Project.
Broadway Theatre Project (BTP), a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization celebrating its 23rd anniversary in 2013, is the renowned musical theatre intensive that provides its apprentices with critical training in the disciplines of acting, dancing and singing, taught by a faculty of accomplished educators and performers. As part of its mission, the program strives to engender students with the personal skills necessary to work and survive in the professional world of performing arts. Sessions are held annually every July in Tampa on the campus of the University of South Florida. 2013 Artistic Directors are Debra McWaters and Darren Gibson.