Director & Theatre Instructor
Tara is a Canadian theatre artist and educator who now resides and works in Zurich, Switzerland. An award-winning educator and critically acclaimed director/performer, Tara has worked in over twenty countries as a performer/director/educator.
Tara is passionate about teaching pedagogy and specializes in acting, improvisation, physical comedy, modern clown, and devising original works. She believes that a willingness to be vulnerable is the birthplace of innovation and creativity and thus encourages her students to embrace their missteps and to celebrate them with an enthusiastic TA-DA! She invites them to rediscover their pleasure in play and uncover the authentic artist within. Tara’s students have gone on to work professionally all over the world.
Tara has led individuals and organizations to success. She coaches executive leaders and their teams in the art of improvisation, vocal technique, body awareness, leadership presence and various other artistic mediums to enhance professional performance.
Tara received her theatre training from the University of Alberta and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Practice and a Bachelor of Education in Theatre. In addition, she has a performance degree from Grant MacEwan University specializing in Acting and Musical Theatre. Furthermore, she has enriched her knowledge of world theatre traditions by travelling to study with renowned theatre practitioners. She loves comedy and has studied the art of improvisation extensively with the internationally acclaimed Rapid Fire Theatre Company in Edmonton, AB, and The Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City.
Tara is passionate about the art of physical comedy and has studied with The New York Downtown Clowns, Eric Davis, Christopher Bayes (Yale School of Drama), Mick Barnfather (Theatre de Complicite) and some of Canada's celebrated clowns: Jan Henderson, Shannan Calcutt, Sue Morrison, and Michael Kennard.
Currently, she is living her dream being the Artistic Director of CET and directing CET’s mainstage productions.