We had the good fortune of connecting with Tatiana Pandiani and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tatiana, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
The work they do is all about risk. You never really know how any project will turn out until it’s happening in real time. We’re also always collaborating with new people, creating new teams and of course, there’s risk in that as well. I think I started to take risks really young when I wasn’t completely aware of the consequences. I decided to pursue performance and directing without a clear idea of what I would do with this for the rest of my life. This was a risky move because I don’t have anyone from my family in the business, I’m an immigrant and was completely disconnected from this when I began. But somehow it worked out really well, even though there’s always uncertainty. Inside the rehearsal hall, if there is no risk there’s no way of creating something new. If actors and designers don’t feel like they can take a risk, oppression will fall flat and rely on was easy, conventional, or safe. What happens though, is that as you get more experience you can take risks on with more awareness and knowledge. This makes risk-taking less stressful, and sometimes even fun. In a way taking risks and building your own self-confidence go hand-in-hand.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Director/choreographer and also a writer. I like to think that I have figured out a way to continue doing, as an adult, what I loved most in life as a kid, which was getting people together to tell stories, play music and have fun. When I was starting I was at Director I had a really hard time believing in myself because I had an idea of what a Director was. Typically I would imagine a white, British man, a very intellectual type. I’ve always been intellectual and academic, but I’m also A young Latina who loves party music. It was hard for me to be able to see these things be put together. But at some point along the way I realize that the only way I could be a successful artist was truly being myself all the time. And working on the kind of work that I love, not what I thought would be acceptable by institutions or gate keepers. I’m very proud of my musical, AZUL. It’s a bilingual musical, it’s huge in scope and it has a score of Latin American folkloric music which is very unexplored in the musical theater world. I’ve been working on it for six years with my collaborators, Melis Aker and Jacinta Clusellas. The three of us are very close friends and so this project has become a huge part of my professional and personal life at the same time. We work in a really difficult industry, nothing is easy along the way. We work long hours, never get paid enough, have to overcome a series of obstacles over and over again. Overtime I realize that the best way to get through this is to work with people that you love and admire. The only way to make this work successfully is still wake up in the morning and be excited to go to the rehearsal hall because you’re going to see the coolest people.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If we were in New York City, I’d probably take them to 12 chairs an Israeli restaurant in Brooklyn. This is my favorite restaurant of all of New York City. And look for a concert or some kind of cultural event. Or maybe some dancing at “La Milagrosa”. If we were in Miami I’d go out for sushi at Pub-belly, go to the beach and catch a show at Miami New Drama.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would have to give hundreds of shout outs to serve justice so many folks who have been part of my journey. If I had to choose one it would be my mother and father. The two of them have been supportive in every way. This career is really tough on one’s personal life. I couldn’t be doing this without the healthy and loving family structure I come from.

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