Tonya received an MFA in Acting from the University of Arkansas and studied Shakespeare at Kingston University in London. After graduation, she moved to Montana, where she received an Artist-in-residence grant from the Montana Arts Council to create a theatre education program for youth and adults in Livingston, MT. She next spent 5 seasons with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, where she worked as an actor, teaching artist, and company manager. Some MSIP highlights include playing Desdemona in Othello, Hesione Hushabye in Heartbreak House, and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tonya then moved to Seattle where she continued her love of classical theatre working with the Seattle Shakespeare Company, where she played Ariel in The Tempest, Lady Macduff in Macbeth, and the Soothsayer in Julius Caesar. Other Seattle theatre highlights include: Jesus’ Son with Book-IT Repertory Theatre, The Trial with New Century Theatre Company, Death and the Maiden with Latino Theatre Project, and Romeo and Juliet with Shakespeare Walla Walla. Tonya was also honored to participate in Seattle theatre institutions such as The 14/48 Project and One Coast Collaboration, which is a collective between Seattle actors and writers from the Yale School of Drama. As an educator, Tonya has worked with Montana Shakespeare in the Schools, she has taught in the public and private school systems in Seattle, and she is presently teaching acting at Montana State University.