Reduxion Theatre Company (RTC) announces the appointment of Tonia Sina as the new Artistic Director, effective May 25, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Founding Artistic Director, Tyler Woods, transitions to Executive Director and Producer position within the company. Sina also currently serves as director of the upcoming RTC production, “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play,” by Sarah Ruhl, performing June 3-25 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. RTC is Excited About Evolution. Founded by the husband and wife team of Erin and Tyler Woods in 2007, the company has grown from a modest upstart to one of Oklahoma City’s treasured artistic institutions. Under the leadership of the Woods’, RTC now serves the community with pioneering performing arts for all ages.
“It is time for the company to emerge into a new era,” said Tyler Woods, “we have found the right artistic leadership to advance our vision for innovative live theatre.”
“I'm thrilled to be part of the exciting evolution of Reduxion Theatre, and even more so the artistic scene in Oklahoma City. We are standing at the edge of an exciting time, and I'm ready to lean in!" said new Artistic Director, Tonia Sina.
Meet the New Artistic Director. Tonia Sina is an internationally-known movement teacher, director, actress, and playwright. Originally from Chicago, she received her BFA from Niagara University, and her MFA in Movement Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. As a movement teacher, she has specialized in Intimacy for the Stage for over ten years, and is a published author of stage theory, including most recently, Safe Sex: A Look at the Intimacy Choreographer, pub. Fight Master Magazine.
She has taught Intimacy workshops with theatre companies in Dallas, Toronto, Orlando, and New York, and has worked locally with Reduxion Theatre, Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep), Oklahoma City University, and the University of Oklahoma. Tonia is also a playwright, having devised movement and intimacy work in Chicago, and is looking forward to bringing that talent to RTC. Finally, Tonia is a rare disease patient advocate, and is an active proponent on behalf of rare-disease legislation.
The Right Choice to Build Upon a Proud History. For nearly a decade, RTC has challenged the status quo in Oklahoma City, offering innovative interpretations of classical theatre, intimate staging, and has branded the phrase “Theatre in Your Lap.” The company’s staff and Board of Directors are interested in building and broadening these practices, rather than changing artistic directions.
Sina has been involved with the company for many years, and RTC leadership believes that her talent and diverse experience will complement and enhance the company’s reputation for artistically groundbreaking approaches to work both classical and contemporary.
“We feel very confident in the choice we have made in Tonia Sina. She's been a part of our family for a while but now will have a bigger role,” said Board Chairman Dr. Arek Kurkciyan. “Our patrons and artists will not be disappointed.”
What New Leadership Brings. Sina brings with her an international perspective of the art of live theatre, a resume full of diverse qualifications from throughout the US, and a background in teaching at the University level. Sina also brings distinctive experience as a movement specialist and access to new and different creative resources that co-founder Erin Woods predicts will grow RTCs already robust artistic capabilities. Sina also brings with her a new Artistic Associate in her husband, OU professor, director, actor, and fight choreographer, Matthew Ellis.
Sina has taken the helm as Artistic Director and heads up the company for the 2016-2017 season beginning in July. “The new season will be called the “Evolution Season” to honor Tonia and to mark this positive growth in the leadership of RTC,” said Tyler Woods.