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 closed out 2015 by spending a month in Havana, Cuba. It’s a magical place, and I can’t wait to return. While there, I managed to get some writing done on my next two books, The Tunnel: Existential Dilemmas and Radical Transformations and Confessions of a Manhattan Psychic (I’m the co-author of renowned psychic Frank Andrews’s memoir).
While I was away, 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.
On February 8, I was on a panel with Farai Chideya at Housing Works Bookstore to celebrate the launch of her groundbreaking book, The Episodic Career.
From March 10-12 and 17-19, I’ll be performing at The Kitchen in Elijah Green, written and directed by Andrew Ondrejcak. Please purchase tickets here, and check out a video about our process produced by American Theatre Wing. In April 2015, Andrew and I were named as award recipients for this show by the MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In August 2015, the production was one of six projects selected for the National Theater Project grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts.
This spring, I’ll be rehearsing with director/playwright Sibyl Kempson for a show on June 21 at the Whitney Museum and with director/playwright Brooke O’Harra for a show opening in June at La Mama.