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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, Shadow Vaults and Pom Pom Murders (Lifetime).

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)

dangerous - D-Railed

stunt reel

comedy reel

seductress - Saving My Baby

reluctant mentor - Daughter's Rev

voice reel

drama reel

tattoo artist - Mark Upon The Flesh

host reel

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. She just wrapped direction on two quarantine/isolation films, is currently directing live-broadcast webseries, Admit One, writing a dance film and developing dark musical comedy, Anita Berber Is Dead, into a feature.

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 under her company brand, Pinup Pole Show, with sell out attendance.

filmmaker highlights

The Ascension of Ava Delaine
dir, producer Tonya Kay

A woman's empowerment fantasy shot entirely on drone in a single, vertical take. Winner of the AT&T SHAPE Film Awards with notable funding awarded at Warner Bro's Studios.

Under The Water
dir Tonya Kay

Music video for Lyra Star featuring world-class contortion in live rain. Director, Tonya Kay, is reviewed as a "female visionary" (BuzzFeed) and each scene as "crafted with precision" (Cliche Mag).

Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
dir, writer Tonya Kay

Multi-cam, live tv segment, "Curious Christmas" was written and directed for Ripley's Believe it or Not! by Tonya Kay featured in the Hollywood Christmas Parade (The CW).

This daring, yet family-friendly segment features all-star bone breaking, sword swallowing, roller skating, fire dance and gave pre-teen wheelchair athlete, Luzi Sky, her first speaking role on-camera.

Band
dir, producer Tonya Kay

Shot entirely during quarantine in isolation on iPhone, Band is a 16 min dance-based comedy featuring an all-female, diverse cast and wheelchair dancer, Pansy St. Battie.

Anita Berber Is Dead
development, starring Tonya Kay

Original dark musical comedy about 1920s Berlin and the bi-sexual, nude dancer leading a one-woman rebellion against a stiff German patriarchy. Originally produced as a stage production starring Tonya Kay, the Independent Shakespeare Company and Tonya Kay are now developing this relevant, musical masterpiece for screen.

Pinup Garage
creator, dir Tonya Kay

Tonya Kay is creator and director of docu-series, Pinup Garage: pinup models' non-stop wardrobe malfunctions, photographers' secret success tips and the on-site detailing adventures of rare and expensive classic cars.

Admit One
dir, producer Tonya Kay

Live, interactive web-series hosting private screenings with independent filmmakers and their fans. Tonya Kay is the creator, series director and sometimes the technical engineer for the live broadcast, too.

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