actress . sagaftra . aea
Tonya Kay's brutally elegant work is coveted for the moxie, physicality and depth of the characters she creates.
You can see her lead film roles in A Better Place (Cannes Market), Dark Space and Earthtastrophe (SyFy), Saving My Baby and The Other Wife (Lifetime), Puppet Master Xl (El Rey) and 2020 features, The Journey of Lucy (Best Actress, Cannes World ff), Pom Pom Murders (Lifetime) and Shadow Vaults.
On TV you’ve seen her acting on Animal Kingdom (TNT), The Fosters (Freeform), Jane The Virgin (TBS), Criminal Minds (ABC) and has held Series Regular and Recurring roles on Comedy Central, MTV Networks, NBC and FOX.
The only female nominee, Tonya Kay won Favorite Villain from the Horror Society for her lead role in theatrically-released Bastard (FOX Horror), reviewed by press as doing "batshit crazy really well” and was bestowed the honor of Best Supporting Actress from LA Actor Awards for her role in 1920s period-film, D-Railed. Tonya Kay draws upon Meisner, Anthony Meindl and Second City training to shape her fearless instincts.
Tonya Kay’s sass and smarts side strongly with celebs as co-host with Penn Jillette on Street Cred (Travel Channel) and sketch comedy partner with Neil Patrick Harris and Conan O’Brien. Nothing makes Tonya Kay happier than when her ideals and art combine and it has been her distinct pleasure to work with fellow vegans Russell Brand, Ellen Degeneres, Emily Deschanel and Rob Zombie.
Fierce and sensual, this fit, female athlete performs her own stunts, has stunt doubled PINK, stunt coordinated for Corey Feldman and fought Zoe Bell in the film Raze (Paramount).
Her dynamite dance and specialty career has given her the spotlight touring in STOMP, sold out Madison Square Garden twice, landed her Recurring roles on Glee (FOX) and The Voice (NBC) and dazzled audiences in The Muppets Movie and Lone Ranger blockbusters.
Tonya Kay’s favorite film is Faster Pussy Cat Kill! Kill! and when she’s not on-camera, she’s under the hood of her own classic hot rod.
acting reel (red hair)
cheer Coach Cassie
dangerous - D-Railed
seductress - Saving My Baby
tattoo artist - Mark Upon The Flesh
reluctant mentor - Daughter's Rev
director . filmmaker
Tonya Kay's career started as a professional dancer on Broadway and in blockbusters. Expect to see dynamic physicality, choreographed camera movements and a fascination with bodies glorified in all their gross, hilarious and sensual shapes in Tonya Kay-created and directed works.
Mentored by Birds of Prey director, Cathy Yan, Tonya Kay's film directing debut, The Ascension of Ava Delaine (Amazon Prime), was called a "ridiculously difficult" 5 min single-take film shot entirely on drone and won the AT&T SHAPE Film Awards with notable funding awarded at Warner Bros Studios. Tonya Kay reveals, "What you see from the drone front is the movie. What was happening behind those walls was a whirlwind of rambunctious nudity and focused determination."
Her tv directorial debut premiered on The CW in Ripley's Believe It Or Not! "Curious Christmas" segment, which she also wrote. Indie Shorts Mag says; "The bold, experimenting spirit of Tonya Kay ... revels in attaining new heights." Tonya Kay was named one of "30 Female Directors You Should Know" by Festigious Mag and was honored as an "Exceptional Woman in Production" by StudioDaily at the Cablefax Awards.
With an established film/tv acting career, Tonya Kay works quickly and powerfully with actors' unique psychology. Her 2020 and 2021 directing works include all episodes of the Admit One tv series, a 30 min single-take thriller Every Digital Ghost, short comedy Band and a series of artistic music videos with talent Lyra Star.
When not on set, Tonya Kay is the go-to gal for hot rods in Los Angeles. She produces elaborate automotive photoshoots, writes the most-read column at RacingJunk.com and throws live classic car shows with sell out attendance.
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