Tanya Birl

College Faculty:
Musical Theatre: Senior Showcase II

Tanya believes in telling stories that move us towards curiosity and connection. She has a passion and a vision to use her artistry to reach a diverse crowd and blur the lines between performer and audience, recognizing that we are all creative by nature of being born. Tanya is a New York City based Director/ Choreographer and Movement Director who has worked on productions such as; Twelfth Night (The Public Theater), The Red Letter Plays (The Signature Theatre), As You Like It (Guthrie Theater) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Oregon Shakespeare Festival).

She has performed on Broadway in The Lion King, Memphis the Musical, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and On The Town, as well as many off-Broadway and touring productions including, The Wiz, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, and West Side Story. Tanya also serves as Associate Creative Director for Bloomberg Philanthropies. Over the last five years Tanya has shifted from her career as an actress, dancer and singer on Broadway, and into Movement Direction for actors, Choreography, and embodied systems work. Presence is her passion.

Tanya trained with Illumina Yoga and The Presencing Institute at MIT, as a yoga and meditation teacher and facilitator. She is also a certified trauma informed yoga teacher and leads workshops for yoga students, public school educators and companies on Embodying Change and Reclaiming the Rights of theBody. She is focused on taking powerful ideas and visions and grounding them in the body. She often works at the intersection of arts, justice and systemic change teaching practitioners how to hold difficult conversations coming up in our homes and work and sharing how we enter into them while staying present and in the body. She believes that in itself is an act of justice. Using movement, yoga, creative/spiritual connection and curiosity as a means to ground, source and embody the truth of who we are. Being present in the work is the work.