Guest instructor for Intimacy for the Stage, coming April 19 and 20, 2016.
Tonia Sina is a Director, Movement Coach, Actress, Playwright, and Teacher. She has served as an Adjunct Professor of Movement at the University of Oklahoma, and is now coaching intimacy for Professional Theaters in Oklahoma City, and teaching intimacy and movement at various regional workshops with the Society of American Fight Directors. Most recently, she performed Lady Macbeth with Ensemble Theatre in Piedmont, Oklahoma, and Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis in Marshal Experimental Theatre Company’s production of Jackie in Oklahoma City. She moved to Oklahoma after growing up in Chicago, receiving a BFA in Performance from Niagara University in New York, and attaining her MFA in Movement Pedagogy with a specialty in Intimacy for the Stage at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her article, “Safe Sex: A Look at the Intimacy Choreographer”, was published in Fight Master Magazine, March 2014. She has also devised and directed three original plays: Between the Lines, Dancing in the Storm, and For Bianca. She is currently hosting a fundraiser to jumpstart The Beauty in Illness, a project whose mission is to use the arts to advocate for patients with chronic illness and disabilities.
Tonia is also a rare disease patient advocate that travels around the United States giving speeches at conferences and luncheons for atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, an ultra-rare blood disease that caused her to require two kidney transplants. Most recently, she traveled to Washington DC to advocate for rare disease legislation to Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill. For more information on her extraordinary and inspiring work, please read her blog, Kidneys and Pinups, which was the foundation for her show, Dancing in the Storm.
Erin Woods, Managing Director
Reduxion Theatre Company
I left the experience with an incredible ensemble and complete confidence in myself, my body & sharing my movements with my castmates and audience. … I would literally jump at the opportunity to work with Tonia on any project over and over again.
…I cannot express how valuable her classes are for all actors and movers… a place for students to explore intimacy in an engaging, thought provoking, and safe way. She allows her students the opportunity to seek and explore truthful storytelling moments while ensuring all parties feel comfortable exploring choices together.
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