“ Tijuana Ricks is the type of actress you wish every person in the industry would be: kind, funny, smart, and damn good at what she does. ”
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Tijuana Ricks grew up in Gramercy, a small town in Southeast Louisiana, just west of New Orleans. She graduated with honors from Lutcher High School where she was a cheerleader, Editor of the newspaper, President of the Library Club, Secretary of Student Council and was a State Champion tennis player.
Tijuana recieved her undergraduate degree in Acting and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Originally, she intended to become a forensic pathologist but the plan changed when she fell in love with the theater after being asked to join a campus sketch comedy troupe, The Kaktabülz. Tijuana was a popular draw at St. Louis karaoke competitions for her moving rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."
After touring around the country for a season with the St. Louis based children's theater company, The Metro Theater Company, Tijuana was accepted to the Yale School of Drama. At Yale, she was the recipient of both the Rebecca West Memorial Scholarship and the prestigious Herschel Williams Prize for Outstanding Ability in Acting. In school and after, Tijuana originated many roles in plays by rising stars and fellow YSD alums Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Rolin Jones, Marcus Gardley and Tim Acito.
Since graduating from Yale, Tijuana has had the honor and pleasure of working with some of the industry's finest actors including Academy Award winners Dustin Hoffman and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and nominees Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Viola Davis. Tijuana is also an accomplished voice actor having recorded numerous radio and TV voice-over ads. She was nominated for a Spoken Word Grammy in 2013 for her work reading as Michelle Obama on the audiobook for The First Lady’s first book, American Grown.
Tijuana currently resides in Clinton Hill Brooklyn with her husband, Anthony.
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