Tonea Stewart

Biography: Dr. Stewart grew up in Mississippi.She graduated from Jackson State University with an Arts Degree in Speech and Theatre.She went on to study at The University of California at Santa Barbara where she received a Master's Degree in Theatre Arts.She was the first African American woman to receive a Doctorate in Theatre Arts from Florida State University.She studied acting under well known coaches such as Beah Richards, Frank Silvera and Joseph Papp.In 1969 she was the first African American to direct or star in a play at the New Stage Theatre.One of Mississippi's most prestigious Equity Theatres.She has toured in professional presentations such as A Member of the Wedding and A Raisen in the Sun.She was a teaching assistant at Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi and taught for over twenty years at Jackson State University.She has been in numerous stage productions across the United States and in Canada, Mexico and South Korea.And appeared at locations such as Carnegie HallDr. Stewart grew up in Mississippi.She graduated from Jackson State University with an Arts Degree in Speech and Theatre.She went on to study at The University of California at Santa Barbara where she received a Master's Degree in Theatre Arts.She was the first African American woman to receive a Doctorate in Theatre Arts from Florida State University.She studied acting under well known coaches such as Beah Richards, Frank Silvera and Joseph Papp.In 1969 she was the first African American to direct or star in a play at the New Stage Theatre.One of Mississippi's most prestigious Equity Theatres.She has toured in professional presentations such as A Member of the Wedding and A Raisen in the Sun.She was a teaching assistant at Lanier High School in Jackson, Mississippi and taught for over twenty years at Jackson State University.She has been in numerous stage productions across the United States and in Canada, Mexico and South Korea.And appeared at locations such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.She has been in many television shows and movies, but is best known for her role as Aunt Etta Kibbe on In the Heat of the Night. She underwent three and a half hours of age makeup to transform her youthful features.Since 1990 she and her husband Dr. Allen Stewart have lived in Montgomery, Alabama.They have four children:two sons, a daughter and an adopted goddaughter.Both sons hold a degree in finance and both daughters are speech pathologists.She has been a teacher for over thirty years and is currently a tenured professor and Director of the Theatre Department at Alabama State University in Montgomery.During her tenure the department has become very popular and the number of graduates has soared.She is a dedicated member of the Baptist Church and is the spokesperson for One Church, One Child of Alabama and Alabama Adult Foster Care.She is involved in many community programs such as TAPS:Theatre Arts and Performance School,Camp 3T: Teaching Through Theatre and summer performance and enrichment programs.
Crew Credits Movie Credits
The Rosa Parks Story (1999) - Associate Producer
Roper and Goodie - Co - Producer
Acting Appearances Starring Roles
In the Heat of the Night (1988) - Aunt Etta

Guest Starring Roles
Touched by an Angel - Lois - Living the Rest of My Life (2000)
Walker, Texas Ranger - Principal Rivers - Rise to the Occasion (1999)
ER - Pearl Johnson - Middle of Nowhere (1999)
Walker, Texas Ranger - Judge Loretta Paxton - Trial of LaRue (1997)
Matlock - Elena - The Haunted (1) (1993)
Matlock - Doctor's Assistant - The Haunted (1) (1993)
Matlock - Henrietta Dorsey - The Juror (1993)
In the Heat of the Night - Mrs. Gray - Prisoners (1988)

Movie/Mini-Series/Special Roles
Constellation (2005) - Reverend
Rose's (2003) - Connie
Baby of the Family (2002) - Miss Bessie Mae
The Rosa Parks Story (2002) - Johnnie Carr
Tara (2001) - Vetta Taylor
Mama Flora's Family (1998) - Bessie
My stepson my lover (1997) - Delia Gray
A Time To Kill (1996) - Gwen Hailey
Gramps (1995) - Rae Ellen
Leave of Absence (1994) - Cora Winsor
One Christmas (1994) - Evangeline
A Passion for Justice:The Hazel Brannon Story (1994) - Henrietta
The Sister-in-Law (1994) - Libby
Body Snatchers (1993) - Teacher
Livin' Large! (1991) - Mrs. Davis
White Lie (1991) - Len's Secretary
Caroline ? (1990) - Diane
Unconquered (1989) - Bertha
Mississippi Burning (1988) - Mrs. Walker
Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige (1981) - Mama Paige (as Tommie Stewart)
Mistress of Paradise (1981) - Sister Sarah
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1979) - Lillie (as Tommie Stewart)
Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry (1978) - Mrs. Avery (as Tommie Stewart)
Nightmare in Badham County (1976) - Alma (as Tommie Stewart)
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Tonea Stewart's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 53
Highest Metascore: 54 A Time to Kill
Lowest Metascore: 53 The Hollars
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
2 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Same Kind of Different as Me Feb 3, 2017 Big Mama tbd
53 The Hollars Aug 26, 2016 Latisha tbd
tbd Confessions of a Florist Feb 7, 2003 Connie tbd
54 A Time to Kill Jul 24, 1996 Gwen Hailey 8.9