Toni Stone

Who's Who

UZO ADUBA (Toni Stone). A formidable talent to be reckoned with, Uzo Aduba is an award-winning actress whose work spans television, film and theatre. Aduba currently stars as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series “Orange is the New Black.” Her performance has garnered a sweep of awards including the 2016 and 2015 SAG Award for “Best Actress in Comedy,” the 2017 SAG Award nomination for “Best Actress in a Comedy,” the 2015 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series” and the 2014 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy.” In addition, Aduba was honored as part of the show’s win in the category of “Best Ensemble in a Comedy” at the 2017, 2016 and 2015 SAG Awards. For her Emmy wins, Aduba joined Ed Asner to become only the second actor ever to win Emmys for the same role in the comedy and drama categories. Furthermore, with her SAG and Emmy honors, she became the first African American actress to win the award in each category. She was also nominated for the 2015 and 2016 Golden Globe Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie." The show will return for a sixth season in 2018. In film, Aduba will next be seen in the Netflix original film Candy Jar opposite Christina Hendricks. The film will be available to stream worldwide on April 27th. She was most recently seen in Lionsgate and Hasbro’s My Little Pony alongside Emily Blunt, Zoe Saldana, Liev Schreiber, Kristin Chenoweth, Taye Diggs and Sia. She was also seen in Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral alongside McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. The drama is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel written by Philip Roth. Additionally, she appeared alongside Ellen Page and Allison Janey in Sian Heder’s Tallulah, which was released on Netflix in July 2016 after premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Also on television, Aduba appeared in NBC’s 2015 musical production of “The Wiz Live!” as Glinda the Good Witch. Directed by Kenny Leon and produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the production also starred Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Amber Riley, and David Alan Grier. Aduba made her television debut in 2012 on the hit CBS show “Blue Bloods.” Before starring on television, Aduba made her Broadway debut in Coram Boy in 2007 followed by the hit musical revival of Godspell in 2011. She discovered her talent for singing at a very early age and became a classical music major at the Boston University School of Fine Arts. Work in theatre quickly followed with critically acclaimed performances at both The Huntington Theatre in Boston and A.R.T. where, under the direction of Dianne Paulus, she won the prestigious Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress in a Play. She recently made her West End Theatre debut in The Jamie Lloyd Company's contemporary adaptation of Jean Genet's The Maids. Directed by Lloyd, the play also starred Laura Carmichael and Zawe Ashton. Aduba was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her work in the Kennedy Center/Olney Theater production of Translations of Xhosa. Other theater credits include Dessa Rose at the New Repertory Theatre, Turnado: Rumble for the Ring at the Bay Street Theater and Abyssinia at the Goodspeed Theatre. Past films include the independent shorts Over There and Notes. Aduba currently resides in New York City.
 
LYDIA R. DIAMOND (Playwright). Award-winning plays include: Smart People, Stick Fly (Broadway run at Cort Theatre), Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Harriet Jacobs, The Inside, and Stage Black. Theatres include: Arena Stage, Arden Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Company One, Congo Square, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington, Jubilee, Kansas City Rep, Long Wharf, Writer’s Theatre, Lorraine Hansberry, McCarter, Mo’Olelo, MPAACT, New Vic, Playmakers Rep, Plowshares, Second Stage, Steppenwolf and TrueColors. Commissions include: Arena Stage, Second Stage, Steppenwolf (four), McCarter, Huntington, Center Stage, Victory Gardens and The Roundabout. A recipient of many playwriting awards, Lydia was also an ’05/’06 W.E.B. Du Bois Institute non-resident Fellow, a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf, an 06/07 Huntington Playwright Fellow, a 2012 Sundance Institute Playwright Lab Creative Advisor, is a Board Member at Chicago Dramatists, and a 2012/2013 Radcliffe Institute Fellow. Lydia is an NU graduate (’91), has an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Pine Manor College and is 2013-14 Playwright in Residence at Arena Stage. Lydia was a Consulting Producer for Showtime’s season four of “The Affair” and co-wrote episodes 406 and 407Lydia is on faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches playwriting.
 
MARTHA ACKMANN is a journalist, author and editor who writes about women who have changed America. Her works have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications around the country. A frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of the nation’s newspapers, Ackmann focuses on science, women’s history, medicine, politics and sports. She is also a commentator for National Public Radio. Ackmann’s book, The Mercury 13, tells the story of thirteen women pilots who secretly tested to become America’s first woman in space. Her newest book, Curveball, recounts the life of the remarkable Toni Stone, baseball’s “female Jackie Robinson.” Ackmann has been featured on many television and radio programs, including the “Today” show, CNN, BBC and Voice of America. A much sought after public speaker, Ackmann addresses colleges and universities as well as history museums, government agencies, corporate and business groups and professional organizations. A member of the faculty of the Gender Studies Department at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, she teaches courses in women’s public writing, biography and the poet Emily Dickinson. A long-time scholar of the poet’s work and the president of the Emily Dickinson International Society, Ackmann teaches a popular seminar every fall in the Dickinson Homestead in Amherst, Massachusetts—the very site where Emily Dickinson wrote her memorable poems. Ackmann earned her B.A. from Lindenwood College, an M.A. from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. She is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and is the former Augustus Anson Whitney Scholar in Non-Fiction at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Born and raised in St. Louis, Ackmann has worked as a high school journalism teacher, an editorial writer, a radio reporter and an instructor of countless sections of freshmen composition. In her early twenties as a media publicist, she wrote plot synopses for TV Guide and may be the only person alive ever to have summarized every episode of “I Love Lucy” and “Leave it to Beaver.” Martha Ackmann now lives in rural western Massachusetts where she resides among amiable neighbors that include moose, bobcat, wild turkeys and an occasional bear. She is writing a new book about poet Emily Dickinson, tentatively entitled Vesuvius at Home.

PAM MACKINNON (Director) won Tony and Drama Desk Awards and received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for her direction of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Other Broadway credits include Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, for which she won an Obie Award and garnered Tony and Lucille Lortel Award nominations, The Parisian Woman by Beau Willimon, Amelie, A New Musical, David Mamet’s China Doll, Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance and Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles. Her many off-Broadway and regional credits include Bruce Norris’ The Qualms (Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Playwrights Horizons), Donald Margolies’ Dinner with Friends (Roundabout); Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young and Unafraid (Manhattan Theatre Club), Craig Lucas’ The Lying Lesson (Atlantic Theater Company), Horton Foote’s Harrison, TX (Primary Stages) and Itamar Moses’ Completeness (South Coast Repertory and Playwrights Horizons). Pam is an alumna of the Drama League, and the Women’s Project and Lincoln Center Theater Directors Labs, and is an associate artist at Roundabout Theatre Company, as well as President of the executive board of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and board chair of the NYC downtown company Clubbed Thumb. Starting July 1, she will be artistic director for the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.