Tonya, age eight

Tonya, age eight


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. 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 THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE with Robert Downey Jr. and LOVE IS NOT LOVE.Other features: BENT,  MOPE, GROW HOUSE, Nick Cassavetes’ YELLOWPELÉCRAVE, & THE WOLVES OF SAVIN HILL. She garnered multiple awards from all around the world (including the BFI Award for Best Actress) for her performance in LIMINAL. Television shows include CatastropheTrial & Error, How To Get Away With Murder, ScandalNCIS, Parks & Recreation, ER, Law & Order(s), The Wolfpack of Reseda and the series lead in two of FOX Searchlight’s Digital Webisodes including Crack Whore Galore & The Katie Kooter Show which she also created.
 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. She works extensively in Voice Over including commercial campaigns as the Voice of Lexus & Lipton Tea.

Tonya is also an award-winning Narrator:  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 the late-great Harold Guskin, as wells George DiCenzo. 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.


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