Quick Search

Active Bloggers

HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Reginald Culpepper Reginald Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
Brooke Chaplan Brooke Chaplan
class of 2015
Sofía Montiel Sofía Montiel
Other College... class of 2017
James Belmore James Belmore
University of the District of Columbia class of 2008
Anica Oaks Anica Oaks
class of 2012
Beverly Johnson Beverly Johnson
class of
Kara Masterson Kara Masterson
class of

Dr. Tonea Stewart to Retire from Alabama State University

Posted By: Robert Walker on May 23, 2019

For nearly a decade, Dr. Tommie Tonea Stewart has served as dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at a tenured professor at Alabama State University (ASU). In her previous capacity, she served as chair of ASU’s Theatre Arts Department for 20 years.

On June 1, 2019, Dr. Stewart will officially retire from ASU, having a legacy of over 48 years of a career in higher education dedicated to the enlightenment, empowerment and enrichment of young people who have graduated with an education and a vision for quality of life both professionally and personally.

A Greenwood, Miss. native, Dr. Stewart received her B.S. Degree in Speech and Theatre from Jackson State University and her M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1989, she completed her Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from Florida State University, becoming the first Theatre McKnight Doctoral Fellow and the first African-American female to receive a doctorate from the FSU School of Theatre Arts.

An accomplished professional actress with many film and television roles to her credit, Dr. Stewart is perhaps best known for her roles in the film “A Time to ****,” “Mississippi Damned,” and on the long running television series “In the Heat of the Night.” Recently, she was featured in the hit film, ‘Girls Trip’ and in the Netflix original movie ‘Come Sunday’.

As dean, Dr. Stewart was responsible for the Visual Arts, Theater and Music departments.



Her legacy began as chair of the Theatre Arts program, which became one of the most recognizable programs in the country for its innovative programs, and where a large number of graduates, approximately 75% from the theater department, go on to receive full scholarships. Thus they attended major graduate universities such as Brown, Brandies, Rutgers, Yale, UCLA, University of Louisville, Washington State, and LSU, to name a few.

Two of Dr. Stewart’s crowning achievements while at ASU has been with her summer arts youth camps, held every summer for 28 years, where youth come from all over the country to participate in intensive arts, music and dance training from Dr. Stewart, ASU staff, along with invited professional guest artists: http://www.toneastewartcamps.com/

And, Dr. Stewart’s Theater of Being Summit, inaugurated in 2018 that recognizes the ancestry of the arts in the African American community and the artistry of Stewart’s mentors, the late Bea Richards and Frank Silvera: www.myppk.com/get/theaterofbeing/

"Dr. Stewart is irreplaceable. I have had the privilege of knowing and working with her for nearly 30 years and watched as she impacted many lives. Dr. Stewart will be missed, but I am excited for her as she begins this next chapter of her life." – Lois Jackson, Administrative Secretary ~ ASU College of Visual and Performing Arts

There will be a retirement dinner honoring Dr. Stewart in May, with a planned celebration for her in the fall of 2019 (details forthcoming).

For More On This Article, Log On At:

https://hubpages.com/education/Dr-Tonea-St...


If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!

Dr. Tonea Stewart to Retire from Alabama State University

Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
Spelman College's Omelika Kuumba - Soaring High
Sam Lacy: Writing Race
Teaneck International Film Festival ~ 2020
Stay At Home Film Watching: ‘All That Matters’
‘Ali’s Comeback’ & the Greatest Knockout Watch-Party
Christopher Martin Stars in ‘All That Matters’
Latest Blogs
How Kitting Services Can Streamline Your Studies

How Kitting Services Can Streamline Your Studies

College can be a daunting experience. From managing your course load to keeping up with all the different assignments and deadlines, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and fall behind. Fortunately, the ...more
Brooke Chaplan • 70 Views • February 3rd, 2023
Call to Action for Black Mentors - #FLOODTHEGATES BHM Campaign

Call to Action for Black Mentors - #FLOODTHEGATES BHM Campaign

#Gatekeeping is defined as the activity of controlling, and usually limiting, general access to something valuable. There is a specific tendency at times to intentionally or unintentionally hoard info ...more
Tunji Oki • 270 Views • February 1st, 2023
Legacy and traditions of HBCU marching bands remain strong

Legacy and traditions of HBCU marching bands remain strong

ATLANTA - For decades, HBCU marching bands have been wowing crowds with show-style marching, dynamic sounds and plenty of dance moves. FOX 5 spoke with several past band members about their experie ...more
Sofía Montiel • 252 Views • February 1st, 2023
Celebrating the legacy of Black Leaders

Celebrating the legacy of Black Leaders

David Muse doesn’t need Black History Month to remember those who came before him. But the CEO at $13 million asset Howard University Employees Federal Credit Union, which serves students, staff, a ...more
Sofía Montiel • 226 Views • February 1st, 2023
The HBCU Dilemma: Is it Okay To Air Our Dirty Laundry?

The HBCU Dilemma: Is it Okay To Air Our Dirty Laundry?

“What goes on in this house, stays in this house!” As a child, I knew this meant I was not supposed to share the inner happenings of our household to just anyone. When folks outside our family inquire ...more
Sofía Montiel • 214 Views • February 1st, 2023
Popular Blogs
Divorce in America in 2009 – What’s love got to do, got to do with it?

Divorce in America in 2009 – What’s love got to do, got to do with it?

Join Brother Marcus and the cast and the crew of the Brother Marcus Show live this Sunday evening on February 1, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m. for another hot topic in our community! “Divorce in America in 2009 ...more
Brother Marcus! • 70,557,885 Views • January 27th, 2009
VISINE ALERT!!!

VISINE ALERT!!!

Seemingly innocent medication such as Visine eyedrops are used by people to concoct a mixture with similar effects as a date-rape drug. When mixed with alcohol and taken orally, the eyedrops can l ...more
Siebra Muhammad • 93,068 Views • May 23rd, 2009
Black College Student Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Kissing a White Girl

Black College Student Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Kissing a White Girl

Albert N. Wilson, a former University of Kansas student, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and a lifetime of probation after being convicted by an all-white jury of raping a white teen girl. Bu ...more
Will Moss • 48,766 Views • June 4th, 2020
THE MOST FAMOUS WORDS IN NASCAR RACING IS NOW

THE MOST FAMOUS WORDS IN NASCAR RACING IS NOW "GOTCHA" THIEF !

IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS FOLKS: Some of our Republican senators and congressman..are Swearing & Wearing White Sheets Also ..NASCAR was given 70million dollars in tax breaks ..in the New Fiscal Cliff Deal ...more
David Right • 46,991 Views • December 28th, 2012

"Chain Hang Low" check out the real meaning of the Lyrics!

Recently there is a new artist out of Saint Louis that goes by the name JIBBS. Jibbs debut single "Chain hang low" has a history that most people are not aware of. The particular nursery rhyme that th ...more
Tyhesha Judge-Fogle • 36,364 Views • November 9th, 2006
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!