Sylvia Toy

I am an actor trained as a visual artist.
I create video art/microcinema that crosses genre into nonlinear narrative and I make performance art movies.
I was a professional actor and playwright for 17 years.
I founded Jump! Theatre Company in 2005.

I am a senior black female making art
and putting it all up in your face.
That's political.

Pamela Z BADAGADA Sussex University (11/7/2013) from Pamela Z on Vimeo.

Pamela Z performs “Badagada” for voice, live processing, and voice samples triggered with a gesture controller. This was part of a noontime concert in the “Meeting House” on the campus of Sussex University in Brighton, UK. The performance was lit by sunlight from all sides filtering through the multi-colored block windows that surround the cylindrical venue.

"2226," a new story begins

“2226,” a new story begins

2226 is a movie about a woman, Ruby, whose life is falling apart because she is being transformed by her environment.

Ruby works with her lawyer husband, Fred, as paralegal to his practice. She has a Bar license herself, but never had the fire to practice herself. For three years after passing the Bar exam, she worked as a paralegal for a Civil Rights lawyer in Omaha, Nebraska until she met…

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Sylvia Toy - 2226 Monologue 4 from Sylvia Toy on Vimeo.

This is a short feature for an ensemble of actors about a lawyer couple trying to resolve a class action lawsuit and stay married at the same time. The husband grew up in a political activist household and the wife grew up in Omaha. Once they temporarily transplant to a large urban area, living in Room 2226 of a hotel, the wife becomes more interested in the day to day strife of the urban poor than in the headline stealing class action sex discrimination case that has dominated the past few years of her life.

2226 is a movie about an introverted, simple woman whose life is falling apart because of circumstances beyond her control, namely, unexpected maturity and growth due to her circumstances. For two and a half years, she has lived in a hotel room and worked as her lawyer husband’s paralegal on a headline grabbing, big bucks lawsuit. This is a solo practice and the couple are managing to collaborate to complete their big case while at the same time, their personal relationship is crumbling. We find out that when the wife is not in the office, she is constantly videoing herself and her surroundings - i.e., on the way to work, whenever she runs an errand, always. As her situation becomes more stressful, she feels compelled to shoot more. Gradually, as she learns more about the lives of the street people she meets, she would rather shoot document their lives than go to work.

Once I have a script, my goal is to cast a man or woman, aged 40s, to play the lawyer; and a woman, aged 30s, to play the wife/assistant.

2226: Monologue 3 from Sylvia Toy on Vimeo.

2226 is a movie about an introverted, simple woman whose life is falling apart because of circumstances beyond her control, namely, unexpected maturity and growth due to her circumstances. For two and a half years, she has lived in a hotel room and worked as her lawyer husband’s paralegal on a headline grabbing, big bucks lawsuit. This is a solo practice and the couple are managing to collaborate to complete their big case while at the same time, their personal relationship is crumbling. We find out that when the wife is not in the office, she is constantly videoing herself and her surroundings - i.e., on the way to work, whenever she runs an errand, always. As her situation becomes more stressful, she feels compelled to shoot more. Gradually, as she learns more about the lives of the street people she meets, she would rather shoot & document their lives than go to work.

Once I have a script, my goal is to cast a man or woman, aged 40s, to play the lawyer; and a woman, aged 30s, to play the wife/assistant.