Welcome to my website. Tanya Turns Up is a nickname I got in college. I work in film, theater, and visual arts; and am an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer. Please check out the different sections of this site to see some of my projects as a writer, actor, producer, and activist. You can order my book The Big Lie, from Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and Amazon. Thank you for visiting.
A film I produced with Catherine Gund, Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Arts & Culture Documentary! Congrats to all at Streb, Aubin Pictures, and our wonderful team!
Since 2008, I have worked with visual artist Carrie Mae Weems on numerous projects, including her latest, Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which I co-directed at Yale Repertory Theater on September 9 and 10, 2016.
In August 2016, I helped the Hillary for America campaign launch #FilmmakersForHillary, an initiative I am co-leading with Kimberly Selden, Producer of Digital Video for the campaign. Our mission is to bring together creatives to generate short-form, shareable content to get out the vote and elect Hillary Clinton as President of the United States. In less than a month, we have grown from 20 to 60+ filmmakers from around the country and plan to launch the site mid-October when the bulk of early voting kicks in.
With ART NOT WAR, I produced a video for Humanity for Hillary that features legendary dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov denouncing Trump and supporting Hillary Clinton. Within less than 24 hours of its release on August 17, 2016, the video had been viewed more than 1 million times, and received coverage in CNN, Reuters, Politico, Huffington Post, The Hollywood Reporter, Town & Country, and more. On July 25, we released our first video #ThisIsWhatMyRevolutionLooksLike, which received tremendous press including in Refinery29, CNN, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, The Hill, and Vice.
While at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA to work on the Emily’s List project Women Can Stop Trump and Humanity for Hillary, I also wrote daily dispatches for The Stranger and a post-DNC roundup for the Huffington Post.
“The Sky Should Be The Limit: Post-DNC Reflections”
“Don’t Boo. Vote: A Night Out at the DNC”
“Making the Case for a Qualified Human”
“All Democrats Must Galvanize Now”
For the past eight years, I have been the Communications and Special Projects Officer for the Rubell Family Collection. NO MAN’S LAND, its latest exhibition of more than one hundred women artists, received amazing press in Artforum, The Guardian, The Economist, New York, Artspace, and more. I’m thrilled to report that it will next open on September 30, 2016 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.
I wrote an essay for CREATIVZ, a new project exploring how artists in the United States live and work and what they need to sustain and strengthen their careers. The research is a partnership of the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. Please check it out and leave a comment.
I’m working on two books, Confessions of a Manhattan Psychic and The Inevitable Tunnel: From Crisis to Awakening. In Confessions, the memoir of renowned psychic Frank Andrews tells the story of New York over the past many decades as well as the history and meaning of the Tarot. Andrews was recently featured in VICE. With The Inevitable Tunnel, I reframe the midlife crisis for our times and aggregate ideas for how better to navigate those periods of reckoning most of us go through.
GAYS AGAINST GUNS (GAG) was formed in response to the Orlando massacre at Pulse to advocate for more sensible gun control. Its first action at the Pride March in New York to commemorate the 49 lives lost in Orlando received enormous coverage, including on the front page of The New York Times and BBC’s Week in Pictures. I chair the filmmaking team, called GAGreel, which includes Chris Arruda, Sandi DuBowski, Eric Rockey, Paul Rowley, and David Thorpe. We’ve completed many videos already, which you can check out on the YouTube channel.
In June, I was in shows by Sibyl Kempson and Brooke O’Harra. Brooke’s show, I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: A Living History Tour, was up June 16-26 at La MaMa. We did a Q&A for the Huffington Post. “LOVE LIFE BY SIBYL KEMPSON” was at the Whitney Museum on June 20 (Summer Solstice), as part of 7 Daughters’ 3-year cycle, 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens.
From March 10-12 and 17-19, I was performing at The Kitchen in ELIJAH GREEN, written and directed by Andrew Ondrejcak. We had a sold-out run and received a wonderful review by Helen Shaw in TimeOut. The costumes, created in collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initative and Alba Clemente, were featured in Vogue Italia and PAPER. In addition, American Theatre Wing produced a video about our process. ELIJAH GREEN was funded in part by the MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and a National Theater Project grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts.
Artsy gave an exclusive launch to ENCAMPMENT, a short film I produced by Chiara Clemente about her father Francesco Clemente’s stunning exhibition at MASS MoCA. You can see the first ever published conversation between father and daughter as well as the film here.
Photo by Thomas Dozol