|Young playwrights share the current drafts of their plays with Tara|
1. How many years have you been a teaching artist? What do you love best about being a teaching artist?
I have been a teaching artist for 5 years. I love introducing and developing young people’s abilities in something that it is such an integral part of my own life. I also love watching my students’ growth and seeing the confidence that it instills in them.
2. What do you bring to the classroom from your own personal artistic experiences?
I use a lot of the same warm-ups, games and exercises that I myself have used as an actress and a singer throughout my many years of training and performing. As a performer first, I feel that it gives me a great sense of what works and enables me to teach my students on a more personal level.
3. You’ve performed as an actor for the MYPF and the NJYP Festival. Can you explain what kind of impact this has had on your teaching methods for the classroom?
|Tara rehearses a NJ Young Playwrights Festival|
script with fellow actors
4. Why do you enjoy performing the plays in the MYPF and NYP Festival? How is this different or the same as performing in an play that has been written by an adult?
It is a lot more fun! I get to play all kinds of characters that I would never get to play. Our young playwrights in some ways are much more imaginative than adult playwrights because they approach writing with a child’s creativity, imagination and enthusiasm. I also love doing plays where I get to play multiply characters within a piece and both play festivals often give me that opportunity.
5. We’ve heard that you are a Princess at Medieval Times. What can you tell us about that experience? Has it helped you in any way guide students that want to write fantasy plays?