June 24th @ 8 PM Electric Lodge.
Art Reception at 7 PM Meleesa Salon, Art from Otis Students, Melissa Clark author.
Tonya Meek's bittersweet one-woman show, "Flying Standby", reveals how the determination to escape her alcoholic mother carried her through a turbulent ride of addiction, lost love, and a final desperate flight toward reconciliation. Please extinguish all smoking materials and prepare for take off.
In relating her complicated relationship with her whack job of a mother—by portraying her, in many cases—she gives an appealing, raw performance that's full of love, truth, and humor rather than self-pity. (Backstage)
Flying Standby Home is both humorous and heartfelt - and incredibly fun to watch. I was especially moved by Tonya's vulnerability. She reveals her life in a way that embraces the entire (sometimes messy) journey, that you can't help but walk away feeling like you aren't alone, loving yourself a little bit more, and with more hope that the pain can be transformed into something absolutely beautiful. - Ingrid Mathieu, PhD
Tonya Meeks (Actress) when not acting as a private practice addiction therapist in Newport Beach ad Beverly Hills, Maibu rehabs, she pursues her love of theatre and story telling. She integrates her own personal experiences and the art of story telling to facilitate psychological growth in her clients.
Tonya performed her first one-woman show Open Eyes in San Francisco at Intersection for the Arts, New College of California, Theatre Rhinoceros, The Marsh, ODC, and Dance Mission Theatre. In Los Angles, she has performed at the Santa Monica Playhouse, Theatre Asylum, and Fanatic Salon. Tonya performed in the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2012. Tonya is taking the show on the road. Tonya has been producing and running this show for two years at Electric Lodge and will be touring US and Interanationally. Tonya has been producing the show for addiction treatment conferences and rehabs as a process group and entertainment.
Therapist, Performer, Interventionist
Tonya Meeks received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and her BA in Performance from New College of California. Tonya Meeks, LMFT has a private practice in Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, and Newport Beach with an emphasis in depth psychotherapy from her graduate training at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Tonya has worked at these reputable treatment facilities: PCH, Summit Malibu, Balboa Horizons, Milestones, 180 Center, and Canyon. In addition, she worked at UCSB Drug and Alcohol Department and Community Counseling and Education Center in Santa Barbara. Tonya has facilitated workshops such as The Artists’ Way, Authentic Movement, Rassabox Technique, and her own Workshop: Telling the Truth on Stage in across the US.
Tonya possesses immense passion for performance creating two one-woman shows: Open Eyes and Flying Standby. Tonya’s academic thesis, a memoir: Flying Standby: Sojourns with a Devouring Gypsy Mother demonstrated the catharsis of telling the story of her narcissistically wounded and addicted mother. This workshop Telling the Truth on Stage: Healing Trauma and Addiction through Performance combines her background in performance and clinical training to assists the possession of addiction into a healthy creative outlet.
Tonya has combined her clinical expertise on addiction and her performance background to create a compelling one-woman show called Flying Standby. Tonya Meek's bittersweet comedy, "Flying Standby", reveals how the determination to escape her alcoholic mother carried her through a turbulent ride of addiction, lost love, and a final desperate flight toward reconciliation.
Tonya tours her one-woman show across the country to addiction and primary psychological treatment centers as process groups, entertainment, and CEU events. In addition, she produces Flying Standby independently in Los Angeles through her production company Exposure.