Tamilla is a Director, Actor and Adapter residing in New York City. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, an alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a founding member of The Internationalists, a collective of directors from around the world creating an interactive global theatrical community. Most recently she directed Nightlands by Sylvan Oswald and co-directed the US premier of HOTEL PROJECT, NYC/NJ originally created with Ana Margineanu in partnership with the Mexican theatre companies Seres Comunes and Sabandijas de Palacio.
As a member of the Internationalists she has directed Alfonso Cárcamo's DECOMPOSITION at The Lark Playwrights Development Center and for The City Parks Theatre Festival SUMMERSTAGE and devised OH De Sea! a riff on Homer's ODYSSEY with Kisha Takina Burgos, Shawn Randall, Sara Gregory and a company of 9 actors for the Odyssey Festival. Other recent work includes the development and direction of Saviana Stanescu's Polanski Polanski (starring Grant Neale and produced by Nomad Theatricals) at HERE in NYC, PS122/SoloNOVA festival in New York City, Teatrul Odeon in Bucharest, The Sibiu International Theatre Festival, and TIFF International Festival in Cluj. In addition she developed and directed Overcoming Speechlessness based on the text by Alice Walker with adapter Dana Balicki for Culture Project's Women Center Stage.
Tamilla has been an active participant in the US/Mexico Exchange with the Lark Play Development Center in New York as both actor and director of new translations by contemporary Mexican playwrights. She has directed at HERE, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, PS122, DR 2, The Culture Project, Urban Stages, Dance Theatre Workshop, The Kitchen Theatre, Manhattan Class Company and for festivals around the US and internationally. Her work has won best of festival awards, audience favorite awards, Top 10 Shows to See citations, New York Innovative Theatre nominations and critical acclaim in The New York Times, Variety and others. New Dramatists honored her with The Charles Bowden Award and The League of Professional Theatre Women with the Josephine Abady Award.
Tamilla has developed and directed the solo shows of more than a dozen performers including Queen GodIs, Carlos Andrés Gomez (multiple festival, multiple award winning MAN UP), Micia Mosley and Sherry Boone. She also serves as an adjunct professor teaching solo performance at City College's Center for Worker Education.