Tanya Everett is a multitalented theater professional working to create equity in American Theater.\u00a0Tanya is based out of\u00a0Creative Arts Team, the revolutionary nonprofit that boasts former coordinators like theater visionaries\u00a0Lin Manuel Miranda and Dominique Morriseau.\u00a0When she's not working in arts advocacy and education, Tanya is creating, performing, and producing theater all over the city. We had a chance to talk with Tanya about her arts practice, being her own boss, and personal style.\n\nTanya is wearing the Georgina Dress in teal.\nTell us about your advocacy work.\nCreative Arts Team creates programming for a wide berth of NY residents, including youth, adults, and\u00a0rehabilitation in correctional facilities. I work with youth in the Bronx and in Queens. We are fostered around the Augusto Boal's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, to promote an educational model of self-determination and engagement.\n\nTanya at the CAT office in the Helena Top and Alana Blazer.\nWhat about your educational experience inspires you?\nTraditional modes of teaching are top-loading, filling students with knowledge. CAT programming asks the students to share the knowledge they already possess about themselves and their world, and analyze through their point of view.\n\nTanya preps for an audition in the perfect dress\u00a0to impress outfit, the\u00a0Georgina.\nWhat are some strategies you use with your students to cultivate this kind of analysis?\nIn my high schools for example, if we are discussing healthy relationships, I want to know what examples they do or do not have, and how those real life examples can be broken down to promote a healthier way of interacting.\nWhat's next for you?\nIn late January, I will have a staged reading of a full- length I'm working on in the Fire This Time Festival.\n\nTanya at the CAT office in the Helena Top and Alana Blazer.\nWhat does "work hard, dress smart" mean to you?\nWork hard, dress smart means that I can succinctly transition from playing with adolescents to meeting my peers in the arts without missing a beat! It means creating a flexible but clear image that I'm in control of my appearance. It also reflects a self respect and ownership of my bad-assery! I want to leave an impression on the daily, wherever I am.