TANYA MARQUARDT is a writer, theatre and dance maker living in Brooklyn, New York. Currently, she is writing Stray, a memoir of her time as a teenage runaway, creating Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep, a chamber work about her life as a sleep-talker as one of the Mabou Mines Artists in Residence, and is in the studio with Bluemouth Inc. working on a show about the Chomsky/Foucault debate called Late Nite. Her show Stray will be produced at The Tank in Manhattan from April 20-23rd, 2017.

Selected performing credits include: The Show Must Go On (Jerome Bell / PuSh Festival), a site-specific show in IKEA titled The Swedish Plays and the Wilhelm Reich inspired SexMachine (radix theatre), Stray (Mallory Catlett / PuSh), Antigone Undone (Leaky Heaven Circus), Canadians Are Mean (Melanie Jones/BAX) and Stray (Brooklyn Arts Exchange).

As the Co-Artistic Director of Proximity Arts from 2008-2010 Tanya produced, performed, wrote and co-directed Transmission, which took place in once illegal poker space, and Mal de Mer, a dance about seasickness that took place atop a custom-built moving ‘ship-stage’ at sunset. Transmission was published in The Canadian Theatre Review in Winter 2012.

Tanya’s work has been supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, American Association of University Women, BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, and the Hertog Fellowship. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the PuSh Performing Arts Festival, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge, VIVO Media Arts, and NeXtFest.

Tanya received her BFA in Theatre at Simon Fraser University, a Certificate of Dance at MainDance, and a MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College