Tijuana Ricks

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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.

— OpenBeast Inspiration Journal

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Tijuana Ricks graduated from the Yale School of Drama, where she won the prestigious Herschel Williams Prize for Outstanding Ability in Acting. She now lives in NY and is busy as a triple threat in film, television and theatre.

She has the honor and pleasure of having worked on set with some of the industry's finest actors, including Academy Award Winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and nominees Laura Linney and Viola Davis.

In theatre, she originated many roles in plays by rising stars like Marcus Gardley, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Rolin Jones and Tim Acito. She also has featured in many commercial campaigns doing voice-over work for McDonald's, Home Depot and Merck, and on-camera ads for Nextel, Bell South, and AOL.

Tijuana 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 and Secretary of Student Council. She also played on the State Champion tennis team.

Tijuana left Louisiana to receive her undergraduate degree from the highly ranked Washington University in St. Louis. Originally, she intended to become a doctor. However, the plan changed when she fell in love with the theatre and switched her majors to Acting and Psychology. She performed in productions both at Wash. U. and in the St. Louis community. A popular fixture at karaoke competitions, she paid her rent with her winnings.