At our Inaugural Gala coming up on June 26, Sustainable America is thrilled to present an engaging vocal performance by Tamara Tunie, a multi-talented performer with experience spanning film, television, and stage.
Ms. Tunie’s face is instantly recognizable for her large and growing catalogue of notable film and television roles, and her voice and stage performances have gained strong notoriety. She is currently touring the U.S. with her cabaret show Legends of the ‘Burgh, which celebrates the music of the legendary artists that hail from her native Pittsburgh.
For a taste of Tunie’s vocal talent, check out this clip of her rehearsing for her cabaret show “Yes, I Sing” last year.
Ms. Tunie recently starred in the Public Theater production of Scott Z. Burns’ drama The Library, directed by Academy Award-winner Steven Soderbergh, and she will be returning in season two of the Sundance TV original series The Red Road in 2015.
Ms. Tunie shared the Broadway stage with the late great Lena Horne in the musical Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music; played the lead role of Madame de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuse; Helen of Troy in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of Troilus and Cressida in Central Park; and Maggie in the first all African-American production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
In film, Ms. Tunie has worked with some of the most respected directors of the screen, including Taylor Hackford, Brian De Palma, Mimi Leder, Harold Becker and Oliver Stone. She co-starred in the Oscar-nominated film Flight. She has worked with the legendary Al Pacino in The Devil’s Advocate and City Hall. Last summer, Ms. Tunie produced and directed her first feature film entitled See You In September.
Ms. Tunie is in her tenth season as Medical Examiner Melinda Warner in the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and she has had other memorable roles on television, most notably as the longstanding character Jessica Griffin on As The World Turns for which she received two NAACP Image Award nominations and two Soap Opera Digest award nominations.
Tamara is actively engaged in philanthropy, particularly in education and the environment. She has supported the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism Youth Program, and sustainable development educational opportunities for college students. She has served as chair emerita of the Board of Directors of Figure Skating in Harlem, a nonprofit organization that teaches education and life skills to young girls through figure skating. Ms. Tunie also is a board member of God’s Love We Deliver, Harlem Stage/The Gatehouse. Further, she serves on the Advisory Board of Hearts of Gold, The Cherry Lane Theatre and Landing Strip Films. She resides in Harlem with her husband, jazz vocalist Gregory Generet.