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Professional Prankster Tania Katan Pens a How-to Book

Nora Burba Trulsson | June 11, 2019 | People


Tania Katan once staged an arm-wrestling competition for art inside SMoCA; helped create #ItWasNeverADress, a viral campaign for a software company suggesting that the ubiquitous women’s restroom symbol is actually a cape; and, in New York, performed Saving Tania’s Privates, a solo show about her two bouts with breast cancer. And, oh, yeah, the Phoenix native and ASU theater grad has also done a few TED talks. It comes as no surprise, then, that the author/speaker/playwright/performer/consultant/damn funny woman has penned a book about injecting more creativity into work and life—Creative Trespassing: How to Put the Spark and Joy Back Into Your Work and Life ($28, Penguin Random House). “I share my own stories in the book,” says Katan, who launched the tome with a February talk at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. “I also share stories from other people, like the founder of SoulCycle, as well as a former punk rocker, who’s now the senior VP of a Fortune 500 company. The book’s about not following the rules, overcoming obstacles with humor and having a little fun.”


Photography by: Jill Richards