Tiffany Elle Burgess was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1997, she received a Presidential Scholarship to Hampton University (H.U.). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from H.U. in 2001 and a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University in 2002. By day, she is a public health consultant. By night, she is an actress, producer, and writer. Ms. Burgess has written for online publications such as Huffington Post and Blavity. In August 2016, she released her first children’s book, Skin Like Mine. Skin Like Mine was featured in the February 2017 issue of Essence Magazine among other publications. In 2019, Ms. Burgess released her second children’s book, The Adventures of Junior and Baby Brother: Spencer’s Special Gift. And in 2023, Ms. Burgess released her third book, Decisions, Decisions.
In addition to writing children’s books, Ms. Burgess writes screenplays. She is one-third of the film production company, Tyler Street Films. Her partners, Jack Manning, III and Lawrence “LAW” Watford, are also HU alums. Ms. Burgess wrote the screenplay for their debut short film, FLIPPED, which has been screened at film festivals across the country. Subsequently, Tyler Street has released 2 more films, Catharsis and Skin Like Mine, an animated short film in conjunction with actorpreneur, Stanley Aughtry, Jr., based on her first children’s book. Skin Like Mine Animated Short Film has been selected for film festivals around the world, including the Toronto Black Film Festival and the Africa Movie Academy Awards where the film was nominated for Best Animated Short Film.
As an actress, Ms. Burgess has appeared in short films, commercials, web series, and on television (most recently ABC’s The Wonder Years). In 2023, she will make her big screen debut in the film adaptation of The Color Purple Musical in the role of Olivia.