Shonna Foster is an award-winning director, storyteller, and producer who is on a mission to Ieave this world a better place through the art of film and television and through her commitment of supporting the careers of emerging talent. Her career began at the age of 8 in front of the camera, when she was cast as the lead in the short film Gone A Foreign, written and directed by Annmarie Morais. She credits the experience of working with Morais, as the defining moment when she decided that she would continue to pursue her passion for storytelling and the creative arts through film, music, dance, and theatre.
Shonna received her B.F.A honors degree in Theatre from York University, where she studied in the Creative Ensemble Conservatory. She made her directorial debut with the short film Residue, which screened at Reelworld Film Festival and has been featured on Breakfast Television, CHCH TV, CBC Arts, TO Indie, and Black on Both Sides. Residue is currently available for streaming through CBC GEM. Shonna has also directed and produced short-form and branded content for various brands and companies.
Active in mentorship and volunteerism, Shonna has taught drama and film workshops to youth and emerging talent from under-served communities through her work with organizations including Success Beyond Limits, Reelworld, Youth Unlimited, Create & Believe, and Beyond 3:30 etc. She has also served on film festival boards, assisted with programming, and juried for film 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 was the recipient of the Richmond Hill Arts Award for her work as an emerging Director and contribution to the artistic community. She was also the recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Grant for Skills and Career Development as an emerging Director, and the Artscape Launchpad Bursary Award. Throughout 2018-2019, Shonna completed a one-on-one mentorship with Dawn Wilkinson (Director). She has also had the opportunity to participate in several one-one producer and director mentorships, including an apprenticeship under Hubert Davis (Director) in 2020.
Currently, Shonna works as a freelance director and producer in Canada.