Nayani Thiyagarajah



NayaniThiyagarajahI am a daughter of the Yalpanam-Tamil diaspora. I first gives thanks to the ancestors and elders who’ve come before her, building the foundations on which she continues to do work for and with others. I am a writer, performance artist, and filmmaker. I have worked extensively with multiple community-based organizations and performance groups across Toronto, including Manifesto Community Projects, The Remix Project, ArtReach Toronto, b.current Performing Arts, and Schools Without Borders. I am currently finishing up production on my first feature documentary Shadeism: Digging Deeper, a follow-up to my original short, Shadeism (2010). I am also co-producing a series of three short films called The Things We Don’t Say and co-writing my first feature film through Refuge Productions, which I co-created and where I currently serve as an executive producer. Having completed my Bachelor of Journalism at Ryerson University, I am now in my last year of graduate school, working towards my M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at York Univeristy (diaspora/performance/women’s studies). I am also currently training as a full circle doula with the International Centre for Traditional Childbearing. I believe in love.

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