Shonna Foster is an award winning Director, artist and Producer who 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, her experience both as a creative and as a business professional enables her to bring a plethora of knowledge and be a true asset to the BIPOC team. Shonna has worked as a Business Affairs Associate for an international film production studio, as a Steward for the WGC overseeing 100 active productions and as an Assistant Production Manager for an awarding winning production studio in lifestyle and documentary.
Shonna made her directorial debut with the short film Residue in 2017. The film which premiered at the Reelworld Film Festival, was featured on Breakfast Television, CBC Arts, CHCH TV and Black on Both Sides Halifax and was broadcast nationally by the CBC. Shonna has also directed a series of successful digital and branded content for various fashion, tech, health and wellness and real estate brands. Some of her Producer /Co-Producer credits include Jeremy Boxen's "He Murdered Sleep", Michael Tobin's "I Lost My Mind" and Tricia Lee's "Affection".
Active in volunteering, mentoring and teaching creative workshops, Shonna has had the opportunity to work with several youth and emerging talent across the GTA from under served communities through her work with several organizations including: TDSB - Beyond 3:30, Youth Unlimited, Success Beyond Limits, Creative & Believe and Reelworld. Through her volunteerism, she has also served on several 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.
Shonna loves to create, travel, laugh (as conversation) and watch films...a lot of them.