Tiya received her BA in Theater and Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder where her passion for acting grew even bigger when she joined the Interactive Theater Project and began to act for social justice. After receiving her bachelor’s degree Tiya went on to pursue a Masters Degree in Education and has been working with young folks in various communities and capacities every since. Tiya is excited to be able to combine her love of speaking, working with young folks and acting as a part of her new role at Mirror Image Arts.
Theater, to me, means that I get to give a voice to the voiceless as well as put myself in other people’s shoes. I believe that theater is a form of medicine and that people can be healed by it. Theater gives folks an outlet for creativity and to tell their own stories. I love the thought of going to communities whose voices may not get heard or may be misunderstood and teach them creative outlets. I also love working with young folks and believe that introducing SEL skills to them through the art of theater is genius and something that I have always wanted to do. I have always wanted to have an afterschool program (I even wrote a proposal) that had a theater focus to it and now I can work in a growing organization to do just that. I believe my life would be different if I was introduced to theater/acting at a young age and I believe that the youth we work with will be deeply impacted by Mirror Image Arts and the people in the organization for years to come.