Welcome to my website. Tanya Turns Up is a nickname I got in college, first used by my classmate, the director David Gammons. 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.


The first documentary I produced, Our City Dreams directed by Chiara Clemente, just became available on Vimeo VOD. Please watch this beautiful and moving portrait of artists Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, Marina Abramovic, and the late Nancy Spero. It played at Film Forum and then on the Sundance Channel. Chiara and I went on to make many more films together, including the Webby Award winning series Beginnings and the 50-episode series MADE HERE for HERE Arts Center.

From January 6 to 17, I was onstage during PS122’s COIL Festival in Sorry Robot by Mike Iveson, Jr., directed by Will Davis. The cast included Tony Brown and Nicky Paraiso. We got a nice write-up from Ben Brantley in the New York Times.

Next up, I will be in Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag, written and directed by Sibyl Kempson (a 2014 USA Artists Fellow). This inaugural production of Sibyl’s brand-new theater company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr & Perf Co., will premiere at Abrons Art Center in April/May 2015, with compositions by Ashley Turba and staging/choreography by David Neumann.

I’m also in rehearsals of Andrew Ondrejcak’s Elijah Green, set to premiere in Spring 2016, with a cast including Helga Davis, Elinor Hullihan, Yuki Kawahisa, Alessandro Magania, Edgar Oliver, and Stuart Singer, and with choreography by John Jasperse and a soundscape by Kristin Worrall with original songs by Shara Worden.

For the past few years, I have been an advisor to the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, chaired by Soon-Young Yoon. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Women’s Conference, where I was a youth organizer and got some of my first experiences producing with a show of young performers from around the world. On March 8, International Women’s Day, from 9 am to 5 pm at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, there will be a fantastic event, with speakers such as Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Info including how to register and purchase tickets here.

On Wednesday, March 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., I’ll be reading at ACME (9 Great Jones Street) in an evening curated by Susan Kirschbaum and hosted by Wherever Magazine. Please RSVP to delia@wherevermag.com.

I am producing two galas this spring, one on Monday, April 20 for PS122 hosted by Alan Cumming and honoring Claire Danes, and the other on Monday, June 1 for Yaddo honoring Laurie Anderson. I have a history with both these organizations, having performed many times at PS122 and having been a fellow at Yaddo. If you are interested in becoming a committee member (which involves a minimum purchase of two tickets at $400 each) or sponsor for either event, please contact me at tanya@tanyaturnsup.com.