Tamika J. Spaulding is a writer, director and producer, currently residing in Chicago, IL, but strongly representing her home state of New Jersey. She currently serves as Executive Producer of We Still Teach, an innovative television show created and launched during the coronavirus crisis, putting teachers on TV to help address Chicago's crippling digital divide issues.
Tamika is a graduate of the Harold Ramis Film School at The Second City (2019) in Chicago, IL, in addition to her studies at Howard University in Washington, DC. She has also performed as a stand up comedian in cities all across the US, and even has a few international gigs under her belt. She was selected to perform at the 2014 Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, MA and the 2014 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, TX. Aside from performing stand-up, TJ has studied comedy writing at The Second City (Chicago, IL) and the People’s Improv Theater (New York, NY), and has successfully produced comedy shows domestically and internationally, with the hopes of introducing new talent to as many audiences as possible. She is the creator, producer and co-writer of the exciting stage show “Do You See What I See?”, a hilarious mashup of stand-up, sketch comedy and improv, which premiered at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC.
Aside from filmmaking, Tamika works as a government affairs consultant in Washington, DC, a town affectionately known as “Hollywood for ugly people”. In addition, she represents several clients interested in doing business in Cuba, the Caribbean and the Americas, places that also serve as locations for her films.
Unique traits: I make a pretty mean balloon animal.
We Still Teach
TV Series by Co-Director (Family) Executive Producer We Still Teach is an innovative television concept, created and launched during the coronavirus crisis. The show puts teachers on TV, bringing educational content in all subjects to all ages by broadcasting directly into the homes of students, particularly the estimated 1 in 5 students in Chicago without access to home internet or proper devices.
Film (short) by Tamika J. Spaulding (Fantasy, Romance and Short) Writer/Producer/Director A heartbroken man, dumped and alone on a planned engagement trip, unknowingly brings local folklore to life.
Film (short) (Comedy and Documentary) Producer/Co-Writer We've all heard the rumors but do we truly know what goes on in the dark underworld of professional ribbon dancing? Tied Up seeks to look beyond the ribbon with this profile on the fall of famed dancer Katrina Day.
Independent Shorts Awards (Mojana, Tied Up)
Best Shorts Award (Mojana)
IndieX Film Fest (Mojana, Tied Up)
Indie Shorts Fest (Mojana, Tied Up)
Chicago Indie Film Awards (Mojana)
Women in Comedy Festival HBO Pitch Contest (Faire Life/Finalist)
PRSA Award for Video Content
Hermes Award for Creative Content