THEATRE GALLERY & BIO
Tokeli began her professional career as an actress (UCSD, Tufts University, Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, and the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse Shakespeare Conservatory), working at equity theatres, in television and film. She wrote and co-directed the award-winning documentary film, “Project Life,” in 2007 for Imperial Beach Film Festival, based on the lives of at-risk high school students she taught for several years. As a playwright, Tokeli wrote and directed world premiere musicals: Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Book of Goddesses, Welcome to Camp Yellow Sub, Outer Rock, and Jazz in the Night. Her epistolary novel for Young Readers, Seren’s Voice, was optioned by Mandalay Entertainment for adaptation in 2000, as were her television pilots “So Candy” and “I Hate My Sister.” Tokeli worked in television development for Will Smith at Overbrook Entertainment and C3 Productions for Rich Frank (Disney). Upon completion of her Master’s degree in Drama from Tufts University (where she produced and choreographed for Sarabande Dance Company), Tokeli worked in theatre management, producing and directing for some of San Diego’s small, diverse production companies: Diversionary Theatre, San Diego Black Ensemble Theatre, and La Jolla Stage Company.