Taya calls herself a Native New Yorker since she was born and raised there; however she has developed a new love for the Baltimore metro area which has been home since 2012. She has been writing as MrsTDJ since 2006. “Write. Release. Breathe. Repeat.” is beyond a tag line for her blog – it’s a mantra Taya has adopted and shared with her readers. She’s a rebel who breaks blogger rule #1 – post on a regular schedule. Her readers don’t mind, as they ride the emotional waves while she navigates life as an expressive, vulnerable, humorous and audacious widowed mother of an amazing son, who just happens to have autism.
Taya spoke as a reader in our 2013 DC show:
Together with Arlene Jackson, Taya became a local director/producer, bringing LTYM to Baltimore in 2014
For our 2015 season, Taya becomes LTYM’s first-ever Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Mentor!
Taya joins our national leadership team (Ann Imig: National Director, Stephanie Precourt: Online Content Manager/Returning Cities Mentor, Deb Rox: Business Strategist, Melisa Wells: New Cities Mentor), helping us increase LTYM’s capacity as a platform for storytelling that more truly reflects the diversity of our communities, so that LTYM shows may serve as an instrument for deepening understanding and fostering unity.
Listen To Your Mother is a phenomenal opportunity born from the heart of Ann Imig and I’m thrilled to have played a part over the last 2 years. I’m excited about the 2015 season and the future of LTYM. As we embark on this road together, I promise to openly, honestly and respectfully discuss the relationship between diversity and inclusion as it relates to the future of LTYM. I don’t profess to be an University scholar on the subject, however I feel that I possess and bring a unique perspective and skill set to the topic. — Taya Dunn Johnson
I love working with Taya! From her very honest and moving reading in DC about raising her Black son as a young widow in America, to the beautiful show she created with Arlene in Baltimore, to our conversations about LTYM’s mission-in -action that led to the creation of this position–LTYM is incredibly fortunate to add Taya to our national leadership team. Our entire organization–national leadership, local directors/producers, cast members, and audiences alike– stands to benefit from having her savvy eyes focused directly on diversity and inclusion. — Ann Imig