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Welcome to my website. Tanya Turns Up is a nickname I got in college. I work in film, theater, and visual arts. 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.


I’m working on two books, The Tunnel: From Crisis to Awakening and Confessions of a Manhattan Psychic (the memoir of renowned psychic Frank Andrews).

Recently, 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.

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.

If you’re in Miami before the end of May 2016, please visit NO MAN’S LAND, an exhibition I worked on at the Rubell Family Collection. It has received amazing press in Artforum, The Guardian, The Economist, New York, Artspace, and more.

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.

This spring, I am rehearsing with Sibyl Kempson and Brooke O’Harra. I was in shows by them last year and am excited to work with them again. Brooke’s show, I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: A Living History, will open June 16 for two weeks at La Mama. “Love Life by Sibyl Kempson” will be at the Whitney on June 21, as part of 7 Daughters’ 3-year cycle, 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens

Thanks to a generous grant, organizations and programs around the country can receive free copies of the book based on What’s On Your Plate?, the documentary I produced with director Catherine Gund. Please feel free to distribute this short questionnaire to any parties who should be considered for this healthy living guide about food reform—filled with games, stories, recipes, and resources written by and for kids and families.