Welcome to my website. Tanya Turns Up is a nickname I got in college. I work in film, theater, literature, visual arts, and politics; and am an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer. To see a list of some of the public figures, organizations, and companies with whom I’ve collaborated, please visit this link. Please also check out the different sections of this site to see my projects as a writer, actor, producer, and activist. You can order my book The Big Lie, from Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and Amazon.
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RECENT AND UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS
To commemorate the first anniversary of the Women’s March, I produced and directed this video for Planned Parenthood: UNSTOPPABLE.
With Laurie Anderson and Laura Michalchyshyn, I am the Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of The Federation, a coalition of artists, cultural organizations, and allies committed to keeping cultural borders open. Our public launch was on October 11 during the New York Film Festival. On January 20, 2018, we spearheaded the first-ever Art Action Day to show how #ArtUnitesUs and #CultureKeepsBordersOpen. Participants came from all across the country, such as Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Los Angeles, California; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; Lockhart, Texas; and New York, New York – where Mayor Bill De Blasio made an official proclamation about Art Action Day. Please read about the initiative in CNN, Hyperallergic, The Daily Beast, Artsy, and HowlRound. And listen to an interview with Shirin Neshat, Mara Hoffman, and Nell Breyer on The Brian Lehrer Show/WNYC.
Two women I love, Hannah Rosenzweig and Wendy Sachs, approached me independently of each other about wanting to make a film: on women running for office for the first time and their inspiring stories about why. We joined forces, and that idea has become SURGE. We recently completed a pitch trailer and set up an iFundWomen page to cover production expenses. Please watch and consider contributing. Every amount helps! Our goal is to have the film ready for release this fall.
On Sunday, April 22 at 3:30 pm, I’m moderating a panel with Betty Yu, Xenobia Bailey, Erin Markey, and Emily Johnson as part of New York Live Arts’s Live Ideas Festival.
I was the Executive Video Producer and Director with Sarah Lash and Chiara Clemente for GLAMOUR Women of the Year. The livestream for the event on November 13 can be found here. I made videos about the honorees including Maxine Waters, the Women’s March, Solange Knowles, Patty Jenkins, Nicole Kidman, Samantha Bee, and Peggy Whitson.
On December 17, I was a participant and performer in The Shape of Things, a day-long convening by Carrie Mae Weems of artists and activists, at the Park Avenue Armory.
In October, I was at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as the Associate Director of Carrie Mae Weems’s show Grace Notes: Reflections for Now. A meditation on black lives lost and the impact of racial violence in America, Grace Notes previously played at Yale Repertory Theater in September 2016.
I received The Memo’s first annual Women of Resilience Award, along with Miko Branch and Natalie Madeira Cofield. Founded by Minda Harts, the award honors women of color who are making a difference in their world and communities.
Modern Hero TV did an episode about me and my activism on behalf of women’s health.
In honor of Women’s History Month, I spoke at a panel on courage to celebrate the launch of Mara Hoffman’s project “Women’s Work.” You can watch my 5-minute speech here. “Women’s Work” is a series of portraits by Amber Mahoney of 25 #RadicalWomen in Mara’s designs. Please check out the site and read about it in Vogue.
With Hannah Rosenzweig, I produced the official “Prepare to March” video for the Women’s March on Washington. Soon after its release on January 13, it received more than 4 million views and was featured in the New York Times.
Photo by Thomas Dozol