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The Big Lie generated tremendous buzz. Among the highlights, it was excerpted in Vogue and Women’s eNews; I was on the Sanjay Gupta Show on CNN, the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC, the Judith Regan Show on Sirius XM, To the Point with Warren Olney on NPR/KCRW, and the Leonard Lopate Show on NPR/WNYC; and I’ve been interviewed for Cosmo, CNN News, Redbook, More, NEW YORK, Slate, Metro, Guest of a Guest, Refinery29, HuffPo Business, and many others.

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2017 NEWS:
I have a political action update that I send out on a regular basis to a small group of grassroots activists, creatives, political organizers, and journalists. I aggregate information and offer hope for how to unite and fight. If you would like to join that list, please email me at tanya@tanyaturnsup.com.

I started the year launching a PSA I produced: #StandUpForUS by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus (What Happened, Miss Simone?). In the video, a mix of faith leaders, activists, and artists call upon our elected officials to protect us and obstruct the administration when it threatens to erode civil liberties. Rosie Perez did a phenomenal interview with Don Lemon on CNN. She and Yasmeen Hassan of Equality Now spoke with Ted Johnson of Variety.

With Hannah Rosenzweig, I produced a “Prepare to March” video for the Women’s March on Washington. Within 24 hours of its release on January 13, it received more than 1 million views and was featured in the New York Times.

I am a consultant to Catherine Gund’s film Chavela, a documentary feature about the Mexican outlaw ranchera and lover of Frida Kahlo. The film premiered at the Berlinale in February 2017 and received rave reviews in The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and more. The Guardian called it “unmissable” and “Donald Trump’s worst nightmare.”

Also in February, I performed in a workshop at the Public Theater of a new play about race and surveillance by Jackie Sibblies Drury, directed by Sarah Benson of Soho Rep.

In honor of Women’s History Month, I am in a series of portraits by Amber Mahoney for Mara Hoffman of 25 #RadicalWomen. Please check out the site and read about it in Vogue.

With Art Not War, I am producing a campaign for the Center for Health and Gender Equity to end the Global Gag Rule. We launched on International Women’s Day, March 8, with a rally in Washington, DC in Lafayette Park. Please watch the video.

Also on March 8, I was producing a shoot at the #WomenWorkersRising rally at the Department of Labor, and we made a series of videos for V-Day/OneBillionRising including one featuring Ingrid Vaca of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

In addition, we worked with the New York Civil Liberties Union on a PSA narrated by Jeffrey Wright to raise support for the Justice Equality Act.

In the fall, I will be touring as the co-director with Carrie Mae Weems of her show Grace Notes: Reflections for Now. Stops include the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

2016 NEWS:
On December 5 at the Slipper Room in Manhattan, I spoke at a Women’s Town Hall on “What Can I Do?” organized by Dee Poku of The WIE Network.

On November 17 at AOL HQ in Manhattan, I spoke at a MAKERS Town Hall in a discussion, moderated by Dee Poku of The WIE Network, with Sarah Sophie Flicker (Activist, producer, filmmaker, cultural organizer & movement builder) and De’Ara Balenger (Former Director of Engagement, Hillary For America). Other speakers included Marlo Thomas, Kathy Najimy, Reshma Saujani, and Diane von Furstenberg.

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 July 2016, I started the initiative Filmmakers for Hillary, a coalition of creatives to generate and distribute shareable content to get out the vote. Within a month, we grew from 20 New York based filmmakers to 100+ around the country. I guided the production of dozens of videos, including:
#NotOkay by Liz Garbus
#Pantsuit Power by Mia Lidofsky and Celia Rowlson-Hall 
No Regrets starring Helen Mirren, by Chiara Clemente
Le Tigre #I’mWithHer by Laura Parnes
The Speech by Michael Epstein and Sara Wolitzky
Girl, Just Vote starring Gabourey Sidibe, by Lisa Cortes
#ThisVotes4U by Jan Oxenberg and Lynn Holst

As the Communications and Special Projects Officer for the Rubell Family Collection from 2008-2017, I worked on nine annual exhibitions. The most recent ones include NO MAN’S LAND, of more than one hundred women artists, which received amazing press in Artforum, The Guardian, The Economist, New York, Artspace, and more. After its run at the museum in Miami, the exhibition is at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC until January 2017. On Sunday, November 13, 2016, I moderated a panel on HOW CAN THE ARTS ADVANCE BODY POLITICS? with Katie Cappiello, writer and director of SLUT: The Play and Now That We’re Men; Aishah Shahidah Simmons, creator of the award-winning feature-length film NO! The Rape Documentary (2006); Emma Sulkowicz, artist/activist, recipient of National Organization for Women’s 2016 Woman of Courage Award.

With ART NOT WAR, I produced many videos for Humanity for Hillary, including one 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”

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.

Adrienne Kennedy, whose play Funnyhouse of a Negro was recently at Signature Theater, and I did a Q&A for the Huffington Post and Malaika Adero’s Home Slice.

I’m working on two books, It Happened on Mulberry Street: Stories from 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. For its first three months, I chaired 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.

For IMG’s M2M channel on Apple TV, I produced with Shruti Ganguly a short film by Chiara Clemente set in New York Fashion Week. Ping & the Pong features threeasFOUR, Inez & Vinoodh, AndrewAndrew, Rachel Antonoff, Yigal Azrouel, Mickey Boardman, Phillip Lim, Nicole Miller, Andrew Ondrejcak, Cynthia Rowley, Salman Rushdie, Adam Selman, Sofia Sizzi, and more.

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.

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.

I started the year in Havana, Cuba, one of my favorite places in the world.

2015 NEWS: I worked on the opening of NO MAN’S LAND at the Rubell Family Collection and of Jennifer Rubell’s installation Devotion, featuring Alban de Pury and Fanny Karst. The exhibition received amazing press in Artforum, The Guardian, The Economist, New York, Artspace, and more. If you’re in Miami before the end of May 2016, please visit.

In late December, 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.

Professor Kerry Macintosh included a section about The Big Lie in her article about fertility and sex education for the UCLA Women’s Law Journal. You can read her excellent piece here.

I was the managing producer for ART NOT WAR (founded by Laura Dawn and Daron Murphy) on an Online Presidential Forum for MoveOn.org. We filmed Senator Bernie Sanders and Governor Martin O’Malley answering important questions from some of MoveOn.org’s 8-million-plus members.

I’ve also been producing Dangerous Curves, a short film by Laura Dawn, and I’m excited to report that we are in post-production. Dangerous Curves is the story of an autistic man in rural Iowa who starts a sprint car team with the first transgender driver and how their friendship heals both of them. Laura, founder of ART NOT WAR and former Creative Director of MoveOn.org, has directed over 100 social impact media pieces. This is her first film.

Through the Brooklyn Generator Project, I acted in a reading of Sarah Matusek’s new play The Harvest House, which is a horror story, on October 25th.

Chiara Clemente and I were commissioned to make a tribute film about Susan Newhouse, who died in August. She was a passionate supporter of many causes, such as the Fresh Air Fund and National Dance Institute. You can read more about her here.

I produced an eight-hour long film POSING by Jennifer Rubell that was on view in her exhibition Not Alone at the Stephen Friedman Gallery in London.

Toni Williams had me as a guest on her show Brooklyn Savvy to talk about my book, The Big Lie with an amazing panel of women. It aired on Sunday, October 25 on New York public television channel 25 (NYC Life). You can watch the episode here.

On July 14, 15, and 16, I joined a cast of about 50 people brought together by Brooke O’Harra, Nicky Paraiso, and Kate Valk to do a performance of Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez’s work. The marathons took place at The Kitchen in NYC.

During Art Basel Miami Beach in December, the Rubell Family Collection, where I am the Communications and Special Projects Officer, will open NO MAN’S LAND, featuring works by more than 100 women artists. This will be the eighth annual exhibition that I work on.

The television premiere of Catherine Gund’s Born to Fly about daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb, on Monday, May 11 on PBS’s Independent Lens was viewed by approximately 1.5 million people. There was a wonderful review by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sarah Kaufman in the Washington Post. The DVD recently went on sale. You can support both the film and the amazing cinema Film Forum by purchasing it through this link. It is also streaming on Netflix.

I produced the Yaddo Spring Benefit on Monday, June 1, hosted by Steve Buscemi and Kate Valk, and honoring Laurie Anderson. There were performances by Ayad Akhtar, Eisa Davis, Jason Hart, Joseph Keckler, Young Jean Lee, and Max Moston; with a DJ set by AndrewAndrew. This event was the most financially successful Yaddo benefit in at least fifteen years. You can read about it in The New York Times.

From April 28-May 17 at Abrons Art Center, I was 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., featured compositions by Ashley Turba, staging/choreography by David Neumann, and sets/costumes by Suzanne Bocanegra. The cast included Rolls Andre, Becca Blackwell, Eleanor Hutchins, Robert Johanson, Tavish Miller, Gavin Price, Amanda Villalobos, and Sarah Willis. You can read about Sibyl and the show in The New Yorker and in this review by Sarah Matusek.

I produced the Performance Space 122 Gala on Monday, April 20, hosted by Alan Cumming and honoring Claire Danes and NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. There were performances by Peaches, Meow Meow, Edgar Oliver, Faye Driscoll, and Casey Spooner; and remarks by Justin Vivian Bond, Tamar Rogoff, and Mandy Patinkin. The gala raised double the revenue of the previous year, which I also produced and had been at the time the most successful PS122 gala ever. You can read about it in Variety, and it made New York magazine’s Approval Matrix: Highbrow/Brilliant.

In April, I was interviewed by Kweli Washington for his public television show Counter Culture. You can watch the interview here.

On April 13, I was a speaker at an event hosted by the WIN.NYC women’s health and pro-choice networks on representations of childbirth and pregnancy in the media. Other participants included Jennifer Block (author and former editor at Ms.) and Rachel E. Cooke (of the 1 in 3 Campaign). The moderator was NYU Professor Carol Sternhell.

On March 30, I was a visiting artist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. I observed classes, gave the students feedback, conducted a workshop on the nuts and bolts of producing, and did a reading from my book.

On Wednesday, March 11, I read new material at ACME (9 Great Jones Street) in an evening curated by Susan Kirschbaum and hosted by Wherever Magazine.

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, at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, there was a fantastic event, with speakers such as Mary Robinson (former president of the Republic of Ireland) and Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women). I was honored to read on stage from the Beijing Platform for Action.

I was nominated for a WEGO Health Activist Award. Thank you to everyone who endorsed me.

In the January issue of Marie Claire, I was quoted in Jessica Grose’s article “DO THE HUSTLE” about women who juggle multiple pursuits. (PDF)

With Frank Hentschker, I co-curated the inaugural international Segal Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP), which took place all day long on Thursday, January 29 and Friday, January 30, 2015 at The Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City. Screenings were free and open to the public. Please visit the website for more information.

From January 6-17, I was on stage in Mike Iveson’s Sorry Robot as part of PS122’s COIL Festival. The cast also included Tony Brown and Nicky Paraiso. We got a nice write-up from Ben Brantley in The New York Times.