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, 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) formed in response to the Orlando massacre at Pulse. Its first action at the Pride March in New York received enormous coverage, including on the front page of The New York Times and BBC’s Week in Pictures. Along with Sandi DuBowski, Eric Rockey, Paul Rowley, and David Thorpe, I’m on the filmmaking team, called GAGreel. We’ve completed many videos already, which you can check out on the YouTube channel.
ART NOT WAR has launched Humanity for Hillary, a PAC created and run by artists and activists committed to helping elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump. Humanity for Hillary is passionate, raw, underground, creative, grassroots, committed to addressing systemic sexism and racism and tapping into the history-making, revolutionary JOY of electing the first woman to the highest office in our country. I’m thrilled to be on their editorial and producing team, along with ART NOT WAR founder Laura Dawn, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Daron Murphy, David Ambrose, Helen Stickler, and Ananda Khan. H4H just wrapped their first video with an all-star cast that I helped produce, and we’ll be rolling it out soon.
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.
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.
NO MAN’S LAND, an exhibition I worked on at the Rubell Family Collection, received amazing press in Artforum, The Guardian, The Economist, New York, Artspace, and more. I’m thrilled to report that it will next open in September at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.
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.