Tanya is a celebrated playwright who trained at RADA and spent fourteen years working as an actress before turning to writing. Tanya adapted Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding for the Almeida Theatre’s production in 2005, and wrote the Young Friend of the Almeida LAB production, Or Nearest Offer, which featured in the Almeida Summer Festival 2009.
Her 2007 adaptation of DBC Pierre's Booker-prizewinning novel, Vernon God Little, was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play as well as a What's On Stage Award for Best New Comedy and was revived by the Young Vic in 2011 as part of their anniversary season.
In 2009, she adapted JM Barrie's much-loved children's book, Peter Pan, which played to critical acclaim at Kensington Gardens' twelve hundred seat tent and then moved to the O2 for Christmas before touring America in 2010. Other adaptations from the stage include Peribanez (Young Vic / Company B, Australia); Night Flight (Muztheater, Amsterdam); Macbeth (RSC).
Tanya also writes for screen. In 2008 she wrote the short film King Bastard and worked on a feature with producer Dixie Linder titled Random in 2010. Other projects include Liola (under commission by National Theatre); The Table (an evolving project with Rufus Norris, developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio); The Blake Diptych (Fleur Darkin Dance Ensemble)