As a performer, Shona has just wrapped two movies for 2020: Linoleum with Jim Gaffigan, directed by Colin West, and The Hating Game directed by Peter Hutchings. She performed in the original Broadway cast of the critically-acclaimed production of To Kill a Mockingbird, based on the timeless novel by Harper Lee, and adapted by Aaron Sorkin. Previous performances include: Yale Repertory Theatre's Mary Jane by award-winning playwright Amy Herzog and Eclipsed by Danai Gurira at Yale Repertory Theatre, John Cariani’s Almost, Maine and Love/Sick with Half Moon Theatre Company. Her Off Broadway credits include: New York Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center Directors' Lab, The Public Theater, Circle in the Square, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, and La MaMa, e.t.c. She has worked at numerous regional theaters, including three years as a company member at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville, Stageworks/Hudson, Arena Stage, The Acting Company, Hartford Stage and American Conservatory Theater. Her television and film credits include: FOX television series, “Lights Out”, WALK THE FISH directed by Kathleen Man, “Preaching to the Choir: On the One” directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Third Watch , New York Undercover , Law and Order , One Life to Live, and Trinity. She is a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop, an Audelco Award winner, A Schomburg Fellow and Fulbright Scholar.
Shona Tucker is an award-winning actress, writer, director, activist, and educator. She has graced professional stages throughout the US and in several countries for over 30 years. She is a passionate scholar and practitioner who uses her energy and vast experience to tell vibrant stories and assist others in telling their own to better illuminate the human condition. Among her other hobbies, she enjoys singing with Souls United of the Hudson Valley whose mission is to sing gospel and spread light and uplift to all.
As a director, Shona has worked on productions in academia and in the professional arena. Professional theater companies she has worked with include: Arena Stage, The Acting Company, The Lamb’s Theater, The National Black Theater Festival, Intar, The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, The Blue Heron Theater, and The Producer’s Club. In academia Ms. Tucker has directed at NYU Graduate Acting Program, Vassar College, University of Evansville, and Ramapo College of New Jersey.
Shona is most excited about the trilogy she is writing about the women in her family and their struggle for power in western society, Mississippi Mud. She has had the support and interest from New York Theater Workshop, New York Stage and Film, Emerson College, Ramapo College, Liberation Theater Company, and Half Moon Theater as she has developed this work.
Shona earned a BS from Northwestern University and MFA in Acting at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. She recently gained Full Professor status at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.