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Dr. Tonea Harris Stewart

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Tenured Professor and Director of...

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Alabama State University
915 South Jackson Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36101
United States

Company Description: Alabama State University, founded in 1867, offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, from its historic teacher education program to its new,...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Order of the Golden Circle
  • Member
    Hutchinson Baptist Church


  • M.A. , Theatre Arts
    University of California at Santa Barbara
  • B.S. degree , Speech and Theatre
    Jackson State University
  • Ph.D. , Theatre Arts
    Florida State University
  • doctorate
    FSU School of Theatre
  • honorary doctorates
    Jarvis Christian College
  • honorary doctorates
    Buena Vista University
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Web References
The Jordan Choir of The Hopewell ..., 16 Oct 2013 [cached]
The Jordan Choir of The Hopewell Baptist Church, in Windsor, celebrated 60 years in song with Actress, Orator and Director of Theatre Arts at Alabama State University, Dr. Tonea Stewart.
Best known for her role as Aunt Etta on "In The Heat of The Night," Dr. Stewart was the keynote speaker for the Choir's Anniversary Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Windsor Marriott Hotel Banquet Hall.
Tonea Stewart , Ed.D., ..., 2 Mar 2007 [cached]
Tonea Stewart , Ed.D., (Friday First General Session)
Dr. Stewart is an inspiring award-winning actress and lecturer.She is best known for her recurring television role on In the Heat of the Night.She is a veteran of both the large and small screens and has appeared in Mississippi Burning, ER, Matlock and Touched by an Angel, among many others.Her passion to work with students is evident in her roles as a tenured professor and director of theatre arts at Alabama State University, where she serves as a teacher and mentor to students.Dr. Stewart is a 1997 Image Award Nominee, a 1999 New York World Fest Gold Medal Winner and a 1999 Gabriel Award Winner.Don't miss her inspiring message.
The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation, 5 July 2003 [cached]
Receptions with Julie Dash, Noland Walker and Tonea Stewart give audience members an opportunity to meet with the lecturers.
Dr. Tonea Stewart
Professor and Director of Theater at Alabama State University, Professional film and television actress.
A talented actor who is well-known as Aunt Etta Kibbee in the hit CBS-TV series In The Heat of the Night.She has also starred in the film version of John Grisham hit novel A time to Kill, with the legendary Samuel L. Jackson.She is the first African American to star and later direct at the New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Miss.Dr. Stewart accomplishments branch off-stage as well, she holds a PH.D. from Florida State University and a Master's from the University of California at Santa Barbara.Dr. Stewart has worked as an educator for over 30 years and still maintains her passion for teaching.Dr. Stewart is the Director of the Theatre Arts Program at Alabama State University.
Stewart Tonea | Bio of Stewart Tonea | AEI Speakers Bureau, 19 May 2012 [cached]
Tonea Stewart Tonea Stewart
Tonea Stewart is a tenured Professor and the Director of Theatre Arts at Alabama State University (ASU). Also, she is a professional actress.
After receiving a B.S. degree in Speech and Theatre from Jackson State University and an M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Tonea Stewart completed her Ph.D. in Theatre Arts at Florida State University (FSU) in 1989. She was the first African American female to receive a doctorate from the FSU School of Theatre and the first McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Theatre Arts.
As an actress, Tonea Stewart is perhaps best known for her reoccurring role in, In the Heat of the Night. More recently, she earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for her role in the film adaptation of John Grisham's A time to Kill and The Gold Medal Award for narration of Public Radio Internationals Series "Remembering Slavery. Tonea Stewart began her acting career in 1969 and became the first African American to direct and appear on stage at New Stage Theatre, the most prestigious equity theatre in Mississippi. Since then, she has performed on stage in Canada, Mexico, South Korea, and throughout the United States, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and has appeared on screen and television. Some notable titles include: Mississippi Burning, Invasion of the Body Snatchers III, Living Large, My Stepson / My Lover, "Walker Texas Ranger," "Matlock," "Leave of Absence," "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," "ER" and "Touched by an Angel."
Tonea Stewart is a spokesperson for "One Church, One Child" of Alabama and for NOSAP, a Texas-based organization aimed at youth development. In 1995, she was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. She has honorary doctorates from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa and Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas and has received numerous keys to cities throughout the United States.
Tonea Stewart is a member of the Order of the Golden Circle, a life member of the NAACP, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and is a dedicated member of the Hutchinson Baptist Church.
The Montgomery Advisor 04130, 13 April 2009 [cached]
Tonea Stewart, professor and chairwoman of the Alabama State University Department of Theatre Arts, said she's excited that the state is finally laying the groundwork for building and attracting the film industry to the state.
But she said the state has to get busy building capacity to support the business it attracts.
Stewart, who also is a professional actress and was instrumental in ensuring that "The Rosa Parks Story" was filmed in Alabama instead of Canada, said the industry will need technical support to be truly viable.
She sponsors a summer technical training program to help young people learn about the business and how to handle themselves in the industry.
"The incentive is a wonderful thing, but we also need to prepare people to handle the job of working with the industry," she said. "We need to be preparing caterers, camera crews, makeup artists."
Stewart said some of the training could be done by professional consultants through workshops, but more concrete programs through the state's two- and four-year colleges and universities will have to come on board.
"It's just like when we brought the Hyundai plant," she said.
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