Artist in Residence (2016-2018)
Drawing on her many years of practical experience in the arts and facilitation fields, Tanisha Christie’s work is focused on health/mental health, individual, families and couples; arts-based interventions; addiction recovery; critical consciousness; and liberation-based healing practices.
As a facilitator, Ms. Christie has created curricula and processes for staff and young people in the arts, supported teachers and principals on classroom management strategies, and helped burgeoning not-for-profits create new systems and tackle difficult organizational situations. Clients included: Children’s Trust Neighborhood Initiative, Federation of East Village Artists, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Newark Public Schools, and others. Most recently, she developed a creative workshop program for men in addiction recovery and young girls in transitional housing for Turning Point in Brooklyn.
As a theater artist Tanisha has produced, directed and performed for many regional theaters across the country including Arena Stage; Commonweal Theatre; PCPA Theatrefest, Target Margin Theatre and with Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter and many others.
She has directed children’s theater, as well as, produced shows at Performance Space 122, Baltimore Theater Project and others. She directed Taja Lindley’s The Bag Lady Manifesta that has toured nationally and finished the first draft of Iona Flies Away, a musical, storytelling project with singer-songwriter Kelly Erin Sloan, musician Chris Vega and singer/songwriter Christine Joseph at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. In the summer of 2018, she created the fourth iteration of bathtub, a multimedia performance installation event of radical intimacy at Second Ward Foundation in Hudson, NY. She directed playwright/performer/scholar Nina Angela Mercer’s new performance, A Compulsion for Breathing for Changing Perceptions Theater.