Tijuana Pirro-Ricks

Acting for Film & TV - BFA Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs, and Commercials

Tijuana Ricks is an actor currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama where she was the recipient of the Rebecca West Memorial Scholarship while in school and at graduation was awarded the Herschel Williams Prize for Outstanding Ability in Acting. While at Yale, Ricks originated many roles in works by now well-known playwrights like Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Rolin Jones and Marcus Gardley, who were then classmates. She’s made appearances on multiple television shows such as Nurse Jackie, The Affair, The Blacklist, The Carrie Diaries, Deception, 666 Park Avenue, Blue Bloods, Law and Order, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, 30 Rock, Royal Pains, Law and Order: CI, Guiding Light, Conviction and Gossip Girl. Onstage, she made her Broadway debut in the A Time To Kill, the first John Grisham novel to be adapted for the stage. Regionally, she originated the role of Cora Lee in Tim Acito’s The Women of Brewster Place the Musical at Arena Stage and The Alliance Theatre. She also performed in THIS at Hartford TheaterWorks, Death of a Salesman and Breath, Boom! at the Yale Repertory Theatre, and Stick Fly and The Overwhelming at The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. In film, she has had the honor of performing alongside Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney in The Savages, Viola Davis in The Architect and is featured in the upcoming Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman. Tijuana is also an accomplished voice-over artist having recorded many radio and TV voice over ads and is the voice of the WE Network. She was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 in the Spoken Word Category for her work reading as Michelle Obama on the audiobook for The First Lady’s first book, American Grown.