TINA ANDREWS

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TINA ANDREWS is an international award-winning writer, producer, director, as well as author, playwright, and multi-media visual artist. Her nonfiction book, Sally Hemings An American Scandal: The Struggle to Tell The Controversial True Story (The Malibu Press), won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literary Nonfiction" and the Literary Award of Excellence from the Memphis Writers Conference. The book was based on her award-winning CBS miniseries, Sally Hemings: An American Scandal which she wrote and Executive Produced. It was the highest rated, most watched miniseries of its season garnering Tina the Writers Guild of America Award for "Outstanding Long form Television," She is the first African American to win the award in Long form) She also won the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding TV Movie, Miniseries or Special." CBS bought the miniseries based on her play The Mistress of Monticello, which Tina originally wrote and directed at the Chicago Dramatists Workshop. Tina's work in film and television has led to other accolades, including a Proclamation from the City Council of New York.

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Tina sold the audiobook rights to her successful historical fiction novel, Charlotte Sophia: Myth, Madness & The Moor (Malibu Press) to Recorded Books. The audiobook and its trade paperback and eBook editions are available wherever books are sold. In addition, the book's film and television rights have been sold to HBO Max for an original series, Buckingham on which Andrews will serve as series creator, executive producer, writer, and she will direct episodes. The series will be produced by her company TAO Entertainment Group alongside Emmy and BAFTA Award winning producer David M. Thompson. The series chronicles the true story of Britain's Queen Charlotte Sophia who was arranged into a marriage to "mad" King George III and soon after she was discovered to be of African descent. Andrews first adapted her novel into Buckingham, a play which she directed to sold-out audiences at Santa Monica's acclaimed Highways Performance Space; and in New York at the Southampton Cultural Center. The East Hampton Star called the play "...beautiful and brilliant writing..."; "...told magnificently and with much wit," and The Southampton Press said it was "...destined for the Broadway stage..." The play is being prepped for a regional run and a commercial run in New York which Tina will direct.

Andrews is also adapting her new novel: Princess Sarah, Queen Victoria's African Goddaughter (The Malibu Press) into a feature-length motion picture. The novel examines the unknown life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, an African princess rescued from beheading in Dahomey by a British naval officer, and brought to London where she became goddaughter to Queen Victoria on whom she had an enormous influence. 

 

Tina is also the Executive Producer/writer of a six-hour CBS miniseries: MLK: An American Conspiracy being produced by TAO Entertainment Group, in association with Todd Black and Escape Artists (Roman J. Israel, Fences). It is based on the theory that Dr. King was assassinated in a government conspiracy.

Tina wrote and executive produced the CBS miniseries, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, and wrote the Warner Bros. film, Why Do Fools Fall in Love starring Halle Berry. She also wrote, produced and directed the popular Showtime series Sistas 'n the City; and has an essay in the book, The First Time I Got Paid for It: Writers Tales From The Hollywood Trenches (Public Affairs). Tina has published essays in the Los Angeles Times, The WGA's Written By and Creative Screenwriting magazines among others.

After New York University where she majored in theater, Tina performed as an actress in over 100 film and television roles including Conrack, starring Jon Voight; Carny starring Jodie Foster; and originated the seminal role of "Valerie Grant" on Days of Our Lives in daytime television's first interracial romance. But it was the role of Kunta Kinte's girlfriend "Aurelia" in the acclaimed miniseries Roots which led to an incredible relationship with her literary mentor, author Alex Haley. Together they collaborated on the PBS miniseries, Alex Haley's Great Men of African Descent. It led to Tina's' first script sale to Colombia Pictures.

Tina has been a guest on Oprah; CBS This Morning;  Frontline (PBS) and more.  She has lectured on writing at New York University, University of Southern California, UCLA, Indiana University and the University of North Carolina. She serves on the board of directors of the Writers Guild Foundation, the famed Southampton Cultural Center; and on the advisory board of Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA.

Tina has directed the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, and Venus in Fur by David Ives at the renowned Guild Hall Theater in East Hampton. Her play, The Mistress of Monticello--which she also directed--based on her award-winning CBS miniseries, had a successful run at the Southampton Cultural Center. Additionally, Tina directed her one-woman show: Coretta: Promise to The Dream, in which she starred as Coretta Scott King at the Southampton Cultural Center, where she is a Playwright-in-Residence.

Among many other accolades throughout her career, Tina had been named one of 50 To Watch by Variety.

 

Tina divides her time between New York, Los Angeles and London.