VCUarts Theatre

David Emerson Toney

David Emerson Toney’s acting career spans thirty-two years. He will be appearing in Arena Stage’s production of All the Way this spring playing Roy Wilkins.  Past credits include A Free  Man of Color directed by George C. Wolfe and Julie Taymor’s Broadway and WorldTour production of Juan Darién. Off-Broadway he has performed as Clarence in Richard III at the Pearl Theatre Company and Once on this Island at Playwrights Horizons. Regionally he has appeared as Lucio in Measure for Measure and Alonso in The Tempest at the Folger Theatre, Army in the Persians at The Shakespeare Theatre, Othello at The Shakespeare Theatre, Virginia Stage Company and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing also at The Shakespeare

Broke-ology David ToneyTheatre, and as Doaker in Arena Stage’s production of The Piano Lesson. Other regional plays include Jacques in As You Like It at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Splash Hatch On The “E” Going Down at Yale Rep, The Fool in King Lear, West in Two Trains Running and William in Broke-ology at the Kansas City Rep., Mizinga in The Overwhelming directed by Ed Herendeen, Joe Levay in Stickfly and Turner in The History of Light at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. The plays Stickfly and The History of Light were directed by Liesel Tommy. Other regional productions include Trinidad Sisters, Playboy of the West Indies, Polk County, Book of Days and thirty-five other productions at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. He was also the recipient of the Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Actor in a Resident Play for the role of Holloway in African Continuum Theatre Company’s production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. His film and TV credits include Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, The Cosby Show, The Thomas Crown Affair and Dr. Marquay on All My Children. Also an accomplished acting coach, David has lead many New York based acting seminars drawing upon his certification as a teacher of The Grand System. His teaching credits include Intensive Character Development and Sketch Comedy Writing at The Theatre Lab of Washington, D.C., The Glidden Visiting Professor at Ohio University and Visiting Professor at Howard University, Washington, DC. Mr. Toney’s playwriting credits include Kingdom (a meditation on Richard III) / published by Dramatic Publishing, Elysian Fields (a musical adaptation of King Lear set in Reconstruction Alabama), The Soul Collector also published by Dramatic Publishing and sponsored by the Ford Foundation. The first musical adaptation of the children’s book The Snowy Day / (premiering in the 2011-2012 season of Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park, MD), Coming Home and The Last of Midnight. His play Kingdom was a finalist for the 2004 Theodore Ward Prize. Kingdom was also a part of the 2005-2006 season at the ETA Creative Foundation theatre in Chicago and was nominated for the Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical in Washington, DC. His play Coming Home opened the Atlas Theatre Center in D.C. and in 2009 he was selected to be the August Wilson Playwright in Residence at the African Continuum Theatre of Washington, DC. A member of the WGA for twenty years his film and television writing credits include staff writer for Fox’s In Living Color, screenwriter for New Line Cinema’s House Party III, head writer and story editor for ESPN, Sony Wonder and Jumbo Pictures. His animation development and writing credits include head writer and story editor for Hoyt and Andy’s Sportsbender, Dragon Flyz, VanPires and The Resonator for the company Abrams Gentile Entertainment and the French company Gaumount Entertainment. In 1995 David was the co-winner of the “Script to Screen” screenplay competition, sponsored by the Independent Feature Project and Writers Guild of America for the screenplay Sticks and Stones.