Tia’s love for storytelling was sown and watered in the soils of Ōtepōti, Dunedin, where they were allowed to take root. She began taking drama classes at InterAct, which many years later she would return as an assistant tutor, and continue the study of stagecraft throughout high school, where she attended Logan Park. There, she was involved in productions in and out of school, some being the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, which her 2015 piece won, and the One Act Play competition. In 2016 her film group Woof, Bloody Woof won the national 48HOUR film Festival New Zealand award for rising talent, and she was also nominated for best actress.
After a gap year gathering much needed life experience, Tia returned to Ōtepōti to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies and Media, Film and Communications from the University of Otago. During this time, she was involved with productions company’s such as R.A.A and Trickster to bring art to
the community despite covid restrictions. In 2021 she made her directing debut with an excerpt of Here by Michael Frayn, which was part of the university's Lunchtime Theatre program.
When not onstage Tia can usually be found outside trying to communicate with old spirits through her very fluffy cat.