Tanya Selvaratnam is an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer, writer, actor, and activist. She was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Long Beach, CA, and is based in New York City and Portland, Oregon.
With Art Not War, she is the Senior Producer on numerous projects, including the viral hits “What Do We Have to Do to Get Paid Family Leave?”, “#ThisIsWhatMyRevolutionLooksLike”, and “ITrustHer” featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov; and co-founded Humanity for Progress, a social media campaign that within three months of its launch in July 2016 had an online audience reach of 275 million with videos and memes viewed more than 50 million times. She also founded and managed Filmmakers for Hillary, a collective of more than 100 creatives around the country that generated dozens of videos launched on multiple platforms during the 2016 election cycle. For nine years, she was the Communications and Special Projects Officer for the Rubell Family Collection.
She has produced for Gabri Christa, Chiara Clemente, Lisa Cortes, Laura Dawn, Liz Garbus, Catherine Gund, Le Tigre and Laura Parnes, Hannah Rosenzweig, Mickalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and Jed Weintrob; and her films have played on HBO, IFC, PBS, Starz, and the Sundance Channel.
She is the author of THE BIG LIE; and her writing has been in Vogue, Bust, Paper, xoJane, Huffington Post, The Stranger, Art Basel Magazine, Tokion, Journal of Law and Politics, Women’s eNews, and CNN News. She has been a featured guest on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, NPR, Sirius XM, and CBS Radio News.
As an activist, she has worked with the Ms. Foundation, Emily’s List, MoveOn, NYCLU, Center for Health and Gender Equity, V-Day, NGO Forum/World Conference on Women, Third Wave Fund, World Health Organization, The DO School, and Gays Against Guns.
Tanya received her B.A. and M.A. in Chinese language and history from Harvard University. www.tanyaturnsup.com