New York, New York

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In January 1992, Tajci enrolled in the American Musical and Dramatic Academy taking the intense integrated musical theatre program from which she graduated in May of 1993.

She even abandoned her stage name and sought anonymity by changing her name to the Americanized: Tatiana Matthews.

Over the next five years Tatiana performed in theatre: “Winter’s Tale” at Pocket Theatre of NYC; “Jewerly Shop” with Polish Theatre Group of NYC; “Kiss Me Kate” in National Croatian Theatre; “Miracle of Christmas” at Sight and Sound, Lancaster, PA.  She also appeared as an opening act at a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden and at a peace rally in front of the White House.

Tatiana worked as a director/producer of theatre productions at Greenwich Catholic School in CT and produced an evening of short plays at the Grove Street Playhouse in New York City.

In 1993-94, Tatiana traveled extensively with the Franciscan priest Svetozar Kraljevic on a mission to collect medical supplies and food for the refugees of the war that was still devastating Bosnia and Herzegovinia. It was on those trips, that Tatiana fell in love with spiritual music and the human experiences it so powerfully communicated.

Tatiana recorded an album of spiritual pop songs called “Age of Love” in 1995, which was produced by Kelly Wahlford and released on Avalon Arts, LLC, a label founded by Camille Barbone. Jon Gordon and Charlie Giordano performed on this recording, and the success of this album led to Tatiana’s appearances on many TV shows and at spiritual gatherings.

In 1996, she left New York City, but not before landing a lead role in a multi-million  dollar budget musical “The Miracle of Christmas” at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA.

Charlie Giordano and Jon Gordon with Tajci and Kelly Wahlford recording at the Long View Farm Studios, in Sturbridge, MA

Charlie Giordano and Jon Gordon with Tajci and Kelly Wahlford recording at the Long View Farm Studios, in 1995.

Tajci directing at Greenwich Catholic School

Tajci directing students in a musical at Greenwich Catholic School, 1995.

 

Tajci and her roommate Sarah in front of the Ansonia building - the location of AMDA - 1992.

Tajci and her roommate Sarah in front of the Ansonia building – the location of AMDA – 1992.

RELEASES:

1995 – “Age Of Love” CD