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Tanya Nixon-Silberg – puppeteer

Tanya Nixon-Silberg (she/her), is a Black mother, puppeteer, educator and racial justice facilitator. She is the founder of Little Uprisings, a consultancy service that through curriculum design, workshops and practical pedagogy focuses on deeper relationships with schools to make racial justice an everyday goal. As an artist in Puppet Showplace Theater’s Incubator program, she produced and co-created a puppet production of Innosanto Nagara’s My Night in the Planetarium funded by The Boston Foundation and The Jim Henson Foundation. She was also a participant of the Black Puppeteer Empowerment Grant in 2020 and produced a short piece called “Feeling Good=Feeling Black=Feeling Free”. Her liberation work with children has been in many arts institutions in Greater Boston including the Boston Public Library, Institute for Contemporary Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the Peabody Essex Museum. You’d mostly find Tanya playing, radicalizing and learning from her 8 year old daughter, dreaming up fun ways to engage children in racial justice through puppetry and radically imaging how we all get free together.

Instagram: @tanyaohtanya, @littleuprisings

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