Tara is a theatre maker and director from the South East of England. She studied and trained in Dublin, Ireland, and founded The Conker Group in London in 2012. The company were selected to present their work as part of The Yard's NOW '15 festival of "the brightest new voices of theatre" and are supported by Farnham Maltings. They are currently co-producing with HOME Manchester and with Pontio Arts (Bangor).
She is a Creative Associate at The Gate, Resident Artist with Company of Angels, a former Associate Director to Michael Grandage, and a former Resident Assistant Director at The Abbey, The National Theatre of Ireland.
Credits include: GUTTED (HOME & touring), FIVE TINS AND A MATTER OF TIME (The Yard), THE CONSECRATION OF THE BISHOP by Tim Crouch (Young Vic - directed as part of the Jerwood Assistant Director Programme), NOWADAYS AFTER SONAR (Zaal 3 Theater Aan Het Spui, The Netherlands), NUCKING FUTS after Woyzeck (Tramshed, Woolwich), CORFF OR MY WELSH BODY (Camden People's Theatre), POLITICAL ME: APOLOGY SONGS (Arcola, CPT, Basement, BAC), THAT FACE (Landor), SECOND COMING (CPT), UNDERHERO (CPT), IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME (Tara Arts & ALRA), THE BOMB: A PARTIAL HISTORY (The Tricycle), IGNITE 6 (Old Vic Tunnels), 24 HOUR PLAYS (Old Vic), dirty butterfly (RADA), PAPER BOY & FRIENDS (Project Arts Centre, Dublin), VIDEO SNIFFING (Project ARts Centre), ASYLUM SPEAKERS (Project Arts Centre).
She regularly works in outreach with The Young Vic, as a workshop facilitator with adult community groups and with young people. She is currently developing new work with Pontio, Bangor (MY BODY WELSH, Spring 2017).
She has assisted in the West End and at Shakespeare's Globe, The Gate and The Abbey among many others.
She regularly practises parkour, and plays the oboe from time to time.
Creative Associate - The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill
Jun 2013 - Present
Artistic Director - The Conker Group
Jul 2012 - Present
Associate Artist - Company of Angels
May 2012 - Present
Director (as supported by Jerwood Young Directors Scheme) - The Young Vic
Mar 2015 - Apr 2015
Associate Director - Michael Grandage Company
Jun 2013 - Nov 2013
Resident Assistant Director - The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Jan 2010 - Aug 2010
Directing - MA Theatre Directing - Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
Sep 2010 - Mar 2012
English - BA English Studies - Trinity College Dublin
Oct 2005 - Jul 2009