Sona Tatoyan

Sommersemester 2017:  Prof. Sona Tatoyan

Sona Tatoyan is a Syrian-Armenian-American stage/film actor, writer and producer, now based in Berlin.​ She is ​a graduate of the William Esper Studio in New York City and holds a BA in Theatre and English Literature from Wake Forest University, where the mentorship of the poet Dr. Maya Angelou was instrumental in inspiring her work today as an artist and activist. She received her Yoga Teaching Certification in Goa, India and holds a second degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

An accomplished stage actress, Ms. Tatoyan was featured in the world premieres of José Rivera’s BRAINPEOPLE at The American Conservatory Theater, MASSACRE (Sing to your Children) at The Goodman Theater, and BOLEROS FOR THE DISENCHANTED, 2008 winner Outstanding Ensemble Connecticut Critics Awards, at Yale Repertory Theater, among others.

Ms. Tatoyan’s feature film debut was the lead role in ​The Journey​ (2002) – the first American independent film ever shot in Armenia. ​The Journey​ won the Audience Award at the Milan International Film Festival in 2002.

Currently, Ms. Tatoyan is in pre-production to star in ​Celestina​, a feature film she is also producing through her production company ​Door/Key Productions​ alongside her mentor Academy Award® winning producer ​Barrie M. Osborne​ (​The Lord of the Rings​ and​ The Matrix​).

As both a producer and actress, Ms. Tatoyan is in pre-production with the feature film ​Three Apples Fell From Heaven​, a historical epic on the still denied Armenian Genocide, to be directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker ​Shekhar Kapur​ (​Elizabeth, The Bandit Queen) produced through her new Berlin based social justice film production company, Disruptive Narrative, with her producing partner the international human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson.

As a writer, her first feature film script ​The First Full Moon​ (the first of a trilogy)— was ​a 2011 Sundance​/RAWI participant and 2012 Dubai Film Connection/Festival Project.

Ms. Tatoyan and Ms. Robinson have also formed the Berlin based non-profit, Hakawati: – a project in partnership with The Sundance Institute to provide storytelling workshops in various disciplines of cinema to refugee youth.