Tanya Marquardt is a writer and performer from Vancouver, BC and Brooklyn, New York.




Tanya Marquardt is a memoirist, playwright, and performer. Her first book Stray: Memoirs of a Runaway was published by Little A in September 2018, and her first play Nocturne (an incomplete and inaccurate account of the love affair between George Sand and Frederic Chopin) toured throughout Canada and was produced in 2012 at New York’s Dixon Place. Her play Transmission was published in the Canadian Theatre Review. She has worked with Jerome Bel, Mallory Catlett, Mabou Mines, Theatre Conspiracy, Leaky Heaven Circus and radix theatre, and her work has been presented at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, VIDF, Dancing on the Edge, PIVOT Festival, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and The Collapsable Hole, among others. 

Tanya’s work has been supported by the New York Foundation for the Arts Emergency Grants, American Association of University Women, the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and The Hertog Fellowship, where she worked as an assistant to writer Francine Prose. Awards include the Hunter College Memoir Prize; Sharps Award; McGlinchee Prize for a new play; Sydney J. Risk Award; and, the Vancouver Mayor’s Art Award. In 2010, Tanya was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award, and her play Some Must Watch While Some Must Sleep, a play about being a sleep talker, was the subject of an NPRs Invisibila podcast.

Tanya received her BFA in Theatre at Simon Fraser University, a Certificate of Dance at MainDance, and an MFA in Creative NonFiction at Hunter College. Tanya splits her time between Vancouver, Canada and Brooklyn, NY. 

(photo by David B. Smith)