Tanya Selvaratnam


Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Long Beach, CA, Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer, producer, actor, and activist. Since 2008, she has been the Communications and Special Projects Officer for the Rubell Family Collection. She is the author of The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock. Currently, she is working on a book about life crises and radical transformations as well as co-writing the memoir of famous psychic Frank Andrews. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, CNN News, Bust, The Stranger, Art Basel Magazine, the Journal of Law and Politics, xoJane, Tokion, Women’s eNews, and more. She has produced projects by Gabri Christa, Chiara Clemente, Laura Dawn, Catherine Gund, Mickalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Jed Weintrob, and more. Her films have aired on HBO, PBS, Sundance Channel, Discovery Channel’s Planet Green, and STARZ. As an actor, she has collaborated with The Wooster Group, The Builders Association, Mike Iveson Jr., Sibyl Kempson, Brooke O’Harra, and Andrew Ondrejcak, among others. As an activist, she has worked with the Ms. Foundation, Third Wave Fund, World Health Organization, Groundswell Community Mural Project, and the NGO Forum on Women. She is an advisor to The DO School, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Boom Arts (Portland), and The Wooster Group. Selvaratnam received her B.A. and M.A. in Chinese language and history from Harvard University. She lives on the Lower Eastside of New York City and in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon.

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