Born and raised in San Francisco, Tonilyn Sideco breaks people out of their idleness through music, theater and filmmaking. Her love of song began in the church choir in kindergarten and her love affair of all things musical sparked when her sister took her to see Les Miserables when she was 8. Since then, Toni has appeared in readings, plays, musicals and short films. In 2007, she participated in the first Bakla Show and Women’s Show, The Fountain of Youth is a 16oz Jar of Vaseline at Bindlestiff Studio. Toni also shared her queer pilipin@ pride playing the role of Cee in Translations a play that debuted at the 2009 National Queer Arts Festival and was most recently seen on-stage in Left of Oz, a full-length Broadway style musical comedy at Ashby Stage and in D’Lo’s latest work, Boys That Pray at Brava Theater.
Tonilyn and her original music has been featured at Dolores Park Cafe in San Francisco, Kularts underCOVER: The Pin@y Edition!, the Bakla Show Launch Party at Skylark, Snappy Hour (Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory’s one-month residency at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), BLISS Weekend, Santa Cruz Pride and San Francisco TransMarch (which she also co-mc’ed for the past two years).
Dedicated to inspiring systemic social change, Toni has taken his love for the arts and uses it as a tool for activism, healing and community building. Her previous non-profit youth development work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth used filmmaking as a way to explore different types of violence against women. She is currently a Teaching Assistant in the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project’s Filmmaker Training Program where she also participates as a Festival Team member and filmmaker. Her latest project, TOOTHBRUSH, a short film about the conflict of desire and healing premiered at last year’s Queer Women of Color Film Festival. Catch them in the role of Lysander in Bindlestiff Studio’s Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream this September 2012!!!