Tanya is an internationally recognized expert in the field of solo performance. She has devoted the past thirty years to developing and exploring the Art of the One-Person Show.
Work With Tanya Taylor Rubinstein, The Solo Performance Coach, and Make Your Dream a Reality.
Tanya Taylor Rubinstein is one of the world’s premier Solo Performance Coaches and Directors. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she works with actors, writers and other creative people to create outstanding One-Person Shows that are performed at theaters, festivals and conferences world wide.
Her work has been featured in O The Oprah Magazine, where it was called “a gift and a necessity,” on NPR, in BackStage and on CBS (The Early Show). She is the co-editor of the book The Cancer Monologue Project and the New Mexico reviewer for Broadway World.
From Tanya: "The solo show that I am speaking of is the one-person show that is conceived of, written by and performed by one man or one woman. It is a show that is the most holistic form of theater, as it is born and manifested from one person’s deepest vision. It goes beyond conventional theater in terms of intimacy because the story, experience and perspective are created by the performer.
For me, it has been the richest and most empowering journey I have taken in my lifetime and I have devoted myself to the exploration of this form. I have written and performed my own shows, directed and produced countless other solo shows and have been a teacher and coach in the development of solo shows. Additionally, I have created and implemented a process to utilize contemporary monologues as a therapeutic form with populations of people with cancer, AIDS, mental illness and survivers of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. There is no form that I have found that has the possibility of being a more powerful testament to the human spirit than the solo show. On a profound level, it is about the willingness to show up onstage and reveal our humanity to one another.
Unlike the artifice inherent in traditional theater, this is no smoke-and-mirrors euphemism. Solo Performance is based on the direct experience of the performer him- or herself. It is based on real life experiences. The emotional story is the performer’s story one way or another, every time. This includes documentary theater performers, such as Anna Deveare Smith and Danny Hoch, who are choosing their subjects for interview. It is their personal point of view and choice to frame particular subjects in a particular way that shows us who they are.
If you are ready to jump in and create your own solo show, I am here to support you. Your life will never be the same on the other side of it. That is the one thing I can promise you. If you'd like me on your journey to guide you safely to the other side, I offer you my hand."
- Tanya Taylor Rubinstein