A Trinbagonian by descent, Timmia lived much of her childhood and early youth in the United States, while spending summers and holidays either in Trinidad and Tobago, or in her father’s home country: Israel/Palestine. Her search for her own culture and identity caused her to move back to Trinidad upon finishing her B.A. in Theatre Studies at Yale University in the USA. Though she was not born here, it is the only place she has ever been able to call home.
Her belief that theatre and all art is inherently political brought her home, determined not only to develop herself artistically, but to actively pursue greater awareness about and empowerment for herself and others in the gender and sexual minorities community. Through the art of storytelling, Timmia is working to change perceptions of gender and sexual minorities. In her work, she is engaging in community building and mobilising to provide access to health and safety services for this underserved population.