TONYA WILLIAMS

Reelworld Screen Institute | Founder & Executive Director

Tonya Williams is an award-winning actress and producer who has worked in the entertainment industry for the last forty-five years in Canada and the USA.  She is best known for her nineteen years starring on the daytime drama The Young & The Restless as Dr. Olivia Winters.  She is also the founder and executive director of Reelworld Screen Institute, Reelworld Film Festival and Reelworld Foundation since 2000. She founded Reelworld to address the lack of opportunities, access and inclusion in Canada for Black, Indigenous, Asian and People of Colour in the screen industries.  Tonya currently sits on a number of boards including Wow Unlimited Media, The Black Academy, the Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network, is a founder and board member of the Black Screen Office, she also sits on the Telefilm Diversity & Inclusion Group, the Canadian Media Fund Black Industry Leaders Group, the Ontario Creates Advisory Committee and Canadian Creative Industries Coalitions Group.  She has won two NAACP Image Awards, ACTRA Award of Excellence, WIFT Crystal Award, the Harry Jerome Award and others. Tonya is based in Los Angeles.

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