Shonna Foster is an award-winning Director, Producer, artist and youth mentor. She received her B.F.A honours degree in Theatre from York University, where she studied in the Creative Ensemble Conservatory. With over 18 years of professional work experience in film, television, and theatre, Shonna's experience both as a creative and as a business professional, enables her to bring a plethora of knowledge to the BIPOC TV & Film team. She has worked as an Assistant Production Manager, for an awarding winning international production studio, as a Business Affairs Associate for a global film distribution and production company, and, as an Agreement Administrator for the Guild, managing a plethora of active film and television productions.
Shonna made her directorial debut with the short film Residue. The film screened at Reel World Festival and has been featured on Breakfast Television, CBC Arts, CHCH TV, Black on Both Sides Halifax and was licenced by the CBC for national broadcast. She has also directed a collective of digital and branded content for various companies in fashion, tech, health & wellness, and real estate. Some of her Producer credits include: Jeremy Boxen's "He Murdered Sleep", Michael Tobin's "I Lost My Mind" and Tricia Lee's "Affection".
Active in emerging talent mentorship and volunteerism in the industry, Shonna has had the opportunity to teach workshops to youth and emerging talent from marginalized and under served communities. She has also served on film festival boards, assisted with programming and juried for festivals, including Toronto Youth Short Film Festival, Regent Park Film Festival, Caribbean Tales Film Festival, and Breakthroughs Film Festival where she served as their Chair of Partnerships and Outreach.