“Surviving the Industry” Panel Discussion Webinar

ACTRA Manitoba & Film Training Manitoba Presents BIPOC Film & TV Performers Training Series

Saturday March 20th, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Zoom session

Free – participant fees have been covered by a contribution from ACTRA MB

With: Tonya Williams, Alison Sealy-Smith, Conrad Coates.

These three “Titans of Industry” will discuss what it means to be an Actor of Colour in Canada, and how to best turn your passion into a career. ACTRA Manitoba and FTM are proud to bring these amazing individuals together for an afternoon full of insight and anecdotes from their unique perspectives.

An award-winning actress, Tonya Williams is best known for her role as Dr. Olivia Barber Winters in The Young and the Restless, a character she embodied for 22 years. She is the founder of the Reelworld Film Festival, a festival that focuses on showcasing diverse stories, and through its Reelworld Screen Institute, provides professional development for Canadian racially diverse filmmakers and media artists.

Born in Barbados, but raised in Toronto, Alison Sealy-Smith is the founding Director of the Obsidian Theatre Company, Canada’s leading culturally specific theatre company for the advancement of Black plays, playwrights and theatre professionals, exploring the Black voice. She is also an award-winning actor of stage and screen, with a career spanning three decades.

With over 135 film & television credits and having performed in over 70 stage productions in his impressive 32-year career, Conrad Coates’ passion for performing is only matched by his love of teaching. His tenure at Seneca college as a professor of acting has earned him top accolades from students, while his work with community outreach programs demonstrates his devotion to the belief that the craft of acting can create connection and inspire anyone.

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