Taji Senior
 
 

 

Writer. Performer. Thugnificent. 

 
 
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Performer. 

Hey, I'm Taji and it's really nice to meet you.  

Ok, so this is the part where I tell you a little bit about me. Hmmm, ok. So, I’m Taji. We’ve established that. What else? Oh, ok so here’s something: I’m a performer. True story.

I’m currently earning an MFA in theater at UCLA. Some of my credits include TWENTYEIGHT (GALE Theater), Comedy of Errors (Austin Shakespeare Company), a sketch-comedy show called, Doper than Dope (Heckle Her), The Get Together (Riot Studios)  and the WE ARE short film series (B.B. Araya), which is currently streaming on Issa Rae's (Creator, HBO's INSECURE) YouTube Channel.  I am the  recipient of the 2016 B.Iden Payne Award for “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Comedy” and the 2017 recipient for “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Drama”

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Writer.

I studied and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Tech University and spent the first few years of my post-graduate career writing and producing for TV news stations in Amarillo, TX and Austin, TX. During my time in the newsroom, I covered several major national stories including the Trayvon Martin shooting and Zimmerman Acquittal, the subsequent rise of the black lives matter movement, the Boston Marathon Bombing and The re-election of President Barack Obama.

My first solo work, Amendment, which explored the ways in which the U.S. Constitution defines and denies the humanity of people of color was produced in May 2017 in as part of Salvage Vanguard Theater's "Works Progress Austin" series.

I wrote my second solo work, A(what the black girl found while searching for god), over the course of nine months between 2017 and 2018. After a series of developmental readings and workshops in Tulsa, Oklahoma and New York City, including workshops at Columbia University and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, I co-produced and performed,a, July 2018 at Ground Floor Theatre in Austin. i am currently developing a new work tentatively titled, words to say when waging war against your lover.

 
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Thugnificent.

Lastly, I had the sincere pleasure of co-hosting 24 episodes of The Negro Problem podcast alongside Writer/Director, Ryan Darbonne. Together, we talked everything from race, politics, culture and ahem... astrology (hey, fellow Taureans!) with self-identifying women of color from all walks of life.

When I’m not on stage or writing, you can catch me making wide-angle turns from the wrong lane, listening to Frank Ocean, crying while reading James Baldwin or even more likely—sleeping.

I'm looking forward to a firm handshake or a warm hug with you in real life sometime soon. Until then, take care.

God Bless,

Taji