Theatrically, Tonya has worked both on and Off-Broadway honing the stages of The Daryl Roth Theatre, The Cherry Lane, Labyrinth, The Public Theatre, E.S.T., Humana Festival, and many more. In Los Angeles: Sam Shepard's Buried Child at The Whitefire Theatre, IAMA Theatre Company, and Tonya is a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, where she can regularly be seen on stage in Los Angeles. Tonya has worked in over 30 films big & small including the upcoming features BENT & MOPE, GROW HOUSE, Nick Cassavetes’ YELLOW, PELÉ, CRAVE, TTHE WOLVES OF SAVIN HILL, and garnered multiple awards from all around the world (including the BFI Award for Best Actress) for her performance in LIMINAL. Television shows have included Trial & Error, How To Get Away With Murder, Scandal, NCIS, Parks & Recreation, ER, Law & Order(s), The Wolfpack of Reseda and she has been the series lead in two of FOX Searchlight’s Digital Webisodes including Crack Whore Galore & The Katie Kooter Show which she also created. On most nights you can hear Tonya floating throughout your living room as she is currently the lady voice for Lexus.
In addition to her acting credits, Tonya has penned a number of screenplays, plays and short stories including Dog Lovers, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Tonya is also an award-winning Narrator for Audible, Random House and Punch Audio amongst others. Here is her narration profile: TONYA'S NARRATION PROFILE
Training/Education: Tonya hails from NYC's Tisch School of the Arts where she double majored in theatre and psychology. She was lucky to have the opportunity to be mentored and perform alongside Alan Arkin, and has studied privately with Harold Guskin, the renowned coach of Glen Close, Kevin Kline, Alan Cumming. In LA, Tonya currently studies with Bobby Moresco (Oscar award winning writer/director of CRASH) and is a proud member of his Actors Gym.
Check out Tonya Cornelisse featured on the Huffington Post.