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Where Are They Now: Tamara Tunie; (ATWT)
Topic Started: Aug 7 2007, 01:11 AM (651 Views)
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Original Article: http://www.theatermania.com/content/news.cfm/story/11325

Tamara Tunie Makes Film Directing Debut with See You in September

By: Brian Scott Lipton

Broadway actress and producer Tamara Tunie is making her film directing debut with See You in September, according to Variety.

The film, which was set to begin filming today, stars Estella Warren as a successful Manhattan woman who begins a therapy group once her therapist goes on vacation in August. The cast also features Justin Kirk, David Eigenberg, Michael Hyatt, Liza Lapira, and James McDaniel.

Tunie has co-starred on Broadway in Oh, Kay! and Julius Caesar and is a producer of the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening. She is best known for her roles as Dr. Melinda Warner on Law & Order: SVU and Jessica Griffin on the CBS daytime drama As The World Turns.
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Steve, Do you know if she's still with SVU this coming season?
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Rick, I have not heard but I sure hope she is. I loved that they have been giving her a little more to do - so hopefully they will this season.
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Another Article on what she is up to since leaving ATWT:

Original Article: http://www.afterellen.com/blog/globalgrrl/...?comment=384403

Tamara Tunie steps behind the camera

Apparently producing on Broadway and acting in two regular television gigs didn't slow Tamara Tunie down one bit. This Sunday, the Law & Order: SVU talent stepped behind the camera to start direction on her first feature, See You in September. I don't care about September Tunie can see me whenever she wants.

The indie romantic comedy is about a successful Manhattanite who organizes a support group for abandoned therapy patients when her own analyst takes an unexpected month of vacation; Estella Warren and Justin Kirk (Weeds) star.

Although movies about therapy aren't always as good as they should be (think Prime, when Uma Thurman fell for Meryl Streep's bland son instead of for Streep herself), I'm excited about this news. I can't imagine that As the World Turns allowed Tunie to shine in her recently completed, twenty-year stint as Jessica Griffin, and she has definitely been underused as SVU medical examiner Dr. Melinda Warner. It's great that she's doing a comedy, even if we won't get to see her laugh on camera Dr. Warner is so very serious.

Sadly, Tunie isn't the power lesbian she played with understated cheek during a Sex and the City guest spot, but she's quickly becoming a force in entertainment: she is co-producer of the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, and was instrumental in bringing late playwright and fellow Pittsburgh native August Wilson's Radio Golf to Broadway, where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play and received a few Tony nominations of its own. Not bad for her first two producing gigs.

Up until Wendell Pierce joined her as partner for Radio Golf, Tunie was reportedly the only active African-American producer on Broadway. With See You, she joins Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me, Eve's Bayou) and AfterEllen.com favorite Angela Robinson in a small field of African-American female film directors and an even smaller field getting mainstream press attention.

Tunie seems to have a great attitude about her absurdly busy schedule. In an interview with CNN when she was starring in a stage production of Julius Caesar while both ATWT and SVU were filming, she remarked, "I'm working hard. It's an embarrassment of riches. It's fantastic."

I think Tunie is quite fantastic herself, and I hope her move to the director's chair is a successful one. As Ace recently mentioned, there are increasing numbers of female directors with talent now they just need more (and lasting) recognition.
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