Tanya Marquardt is a memorist, writer and performer who lives in Brooklyn, NY and Vancouver, BC.


Tanya Marquardt is a memoirist, playwright, and performer. Her first book Stray: Memoir 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 Manhattan’s Dixon Place. Her play Transmission was published in the Canadian Theatre Review 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. Her writing has been published in Medium, huffpost, EndPain, and SpiderWebPerformance, and she has been interviewed in Longreads, CBC’s Q, and Writers Bone. She has worked with Jerome Bel, Mallory Catlett, Mabou Mines, Theatre Conspiracy, the only animal, radix theatre, and the Leaky Heaven Circus.

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 NPRs Invisibila podcast. She received her BFA in Theatre at Simon Fraser University, a Certificate of Dance at MainDance, and an MFA in Creative NonFiction at Hunter College

(photo by David B. Smith)