Tanya was born in Sinaloa, México and is a playwright, actor, theater director, and TV writer (HBO's "Looking" and "Girls" and "Devious Maids"). She is currently the showrunner of the upcoming STARZ series "Pour Vida." Her plays have been produced at 2nd Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater, and 16th Street Theater. Plays include: Fade; Hushabye; The Tenth Muse; Song for the Disappeared; Enfrascada; El Nogalar (inspired by The Cherry Orchard), an adaptation of "The House on Mango Street"; Our Lady of the Underpass; Kita y Fernanda; and Quita Mitos. She has works in development with HBO, Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Two Rivers Theatre, Denver Theater Center, and South Coast Rep. Her play Fade will have its Chicago premiere at Victory Gardens Theater in 2017.