Award-Winning Actor from Fox’s Hit Series Empire, Spokesmodel, Youth Arts Instructor and Philanthropist
Tobias Truvillion is an ex-Ford model-turned-award-winning actor, film producer, philanthropist, and inner-city youth mentor, advocate, and arts instructor. The Queens, New York native, who Indiewire hails as a “transformative actor,” is known for a bevy of captivating TV, film, theatrical roles, including ‘Flesh and Bone,’ ‘White Collar,’ ‘Brooklyn’s Finest,’ ‘One Life to Live,’ ‘Hitch,’ ‘Blue…
Tobias Truvillion is an ex-Ford model-turned-award-winning actor, film producer, philanthropist, and inner-city youth mentor, advocate, and arts instructor. The Queens, New York native, who Indiewire hails as a “transformative actor,” is known for a bevy of captivating TV, film, theatrical roles, including ‘Flesh and Bone,’ ‘White Collar,’ ‘Brooklyn’s Finest,’ ‘One Life to Live,’ ‘Hitch,’ ‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee,’ ‘Person of Interest,’ and many others acclaimed productions.
He’s also played the leading male in several music videos (Grammy Award winning songstress Fantasia Burrino’s “Free Yourself” and “I’m doing Me”), starred in numerous international and US TV and print ad campaigns such as Heineken’s “The Double Nod” TV commercial, South Africa’s national Gulder Beer TV commercial, and Michael Jordan’s ‘Jumpman’ and ‘Six Rings’ campaigns.
Consistently pushing artistic boundaries, his latest recurring role as music producer Derek Major (“D-Major”) on Season 2B of the Fox breakout hit musical drama TV series, ‘Empire,’ is indicative of Tobias’s ongoing diversity and evolution.
Compelled to pursue his penchant for acting, in 1999, Tobias enrolled in the iconic National Black Theater of Harlem. Shortly after, his first acting role as Shango (the Yoruba religion’s God of fire and lighting) in late playwright Tunde Samuel’s theatrical masterpiece ‘Oya,’ earned the novice actor a prestigious AUDELCO Award for “Best Male in a Musical” (2001).
In 2006, Tobias joined the cast of ABC’s hit soap “One Life to Live.” His cunning portrayal of Vincent Jones, who upheld a steamy love affair with Layla Williamson (Tika Sumpter), earned Tobias a 2008 NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Actor in Daytime Drama Series.”
Never one to stray from his roots, however, Tobias was enthralled to earn a role in playwright Layon Gray’s NAACP Award-winning theatrical production, ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee.’ On March 24, 2011, Tobias appeared with Gray and cast at the New York Stock Exchange opening bell ceremony to promote the esteemed show’s NYC debut. During the 2011 New York Veterans Day Parade, Tobias was humbled at the opportunity to ride down 5th Avenue on a float with several of the original Tuskegee Airmen. In 2012, Tobias was also honored to portray Booth in playwright Suzan Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedic production, ‘Top/Dog Underdog.’
Tobias, who enjoys coaching Pop Warner football, is a longtime advocate of youth empowerment through sports and the arts, and remains dedicated to promoting social change internationally. He is an avid supporter of Friends of The Congo, a global non-profit organization whose mission is to promote peace, lasting change, and bring awareness to the not often publicized phenomenal artistic culture in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire.
Despite chaotic schedules, Tobias and his wife Michelle Morgan-Truvillion diligently work with Rodney Gilbert, artistic director of the Advantage Arts Program for Youth at the Dr. Marion A. Bolden Center in Newark, New Jersey. Since 2009, they’ve wholeheartedly served as vessels of inspiration to hundreds of inner-city high school-age students. Together they shed light on the community’s artistic diversity and burgeoning young talent, and dismantle negative stereotypes. Areas of media-arts studies include—but are not limited to—acting, video production and editing, and stage and film storyline production. Members of Advantage Arts also create short films, music videos, perform theatrical plays and musicals, partake in courses, through an established partnership, at Drew University, and are able to earn college credits.
Program participants currently rank in the 90th percentile of high school students who transition into college enrollment. Moreover, Tobias and his fellow educators deem it imperative to constantly exhibit to the youth that through hard work and perseverance, any obstacles are surmountable, and all goals are attainable.
Although Tobias’ students often admit how much he inspires them, he says his students inspire him much more.
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
A Conversation With Tobias Truvillion
Tobias Truvillion speaks about his role on empire as Jamal Lyon's Love Interest
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