T I N A A N D R E W S
Writer, Producer, Author, Director, Visual Artist
(c) Tina Andrews - 2017
TINA ANDREWS is an award-winning screenwriter, author, playwright, producer, director, and multi-media visual artist. She is also one of Hollywood's busiest script doctors. Her nonfiction book, Sally Hemings An American Scandal: The Struggle to Tell The Controversial True Story, 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 the season garnering Miss Andrews the Writers Guild of America Award for "Outstanding Longform Television," and the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding TV Movie, Miniseries or Special." CBS bought the miniseries based on her play The Mistress of Monticello which Andrews originally wrote and directed at the Chicago Dramatists Workshop. Andrews' contribution to film and television led her to be honored with the Minorities In Business Prism Filmmaker Image Award; and a Proclamation from the City Council of New York.
Currently, Miss Andrews is the Executive Producer, Creator and writer of a new Amazon Studios series Queen Charlotte adapted from her historical fiction novel, Charlotte Sophia: Myth, Madness and the Moor, chronicling Britain's Queen Charlotte Sophia who was of African descent. She first adapted the novel into Buckingham, a play, which she directed to sold-out audiences at Santa Monica's acclaimed Highways Performance Space; and in its East Coast premiere at the Southampton Cultural Center. The East Hampton Press 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 followed by a commercial run in Manhattan. Miss Andrews will direct both productions.
Andrews wrote and Executive Producer of the CBS miniseries, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, and she wrote the Warner Bros. film, Why Do Fools Fall in Love starring Halle Berry. Her script for the film is the basis for an upcoming musical on which Andrews has written the book and co-written the music and lyrics. She also wrote, produced and directed the hugely popular Showtime animated 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). Miss Andrews has published essays in the Los Angeles Times, Written By and Creative Screenwriting magazines among others.
After New York University where she majored in theater, Andrews 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 Andrews' first script sale to Colombia Pictures.
Tina has been a guest on Oprah; CBS This Morning; Mysteries and Scandals on E! Entertainment; PBS Frontline; BET Now with Ed Gordon, Life After; Voices of Wisdom; and Arise Entertainment 360 TV. She has lectured on writing at New York University, University of Southern California, Los Angeles City College, Cal-State Northridge, UCLA, Colombia College, Indiana University and the University of North Carolina. She serves on the board of directors of the Hollywood Black Film Festival, the Writers Guild Foundation, the Indiana University Black Film Archives, the Southampton Cultural Center; and the advisory board of Highways Performance Space.
Andrews has directed performances of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, and Venus in Fur by David Ives at the famous Guild Hall theater in East Hampton. Her latest play which she also directed The Mistress of Monticello based on her award-winning CBS miniseries, just ended a successful run at the Southampton Cultural Center and it is being prepped for a Regional and West End run. Additionally, Miss Andrews 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 was recently named Playwright-in-Residence.
Miss Andrews is also prepping her controversial new nonfiction book and Limited Series: An American Conspiracy.
Tina Andrews was named one of 50 To Watch by Hollywood Daily Variety.