Tara has previously tutored at Gormanston Drama Summer School
Tara took a career break from her job at BBC Scotland, to study for an MA in Drama & Theatre at NUIG in 2006 which ignited her passion for playwriting. Her play Grenades won the RTÉ PJ O’Connor Radio Drama Award in 2010 and went on to win Gold at the New York International Radio Awards, and a PPI Award. Her play Junk was shortlisted for the Tron Theatre Glasgow’s in the same year.
In 2011 Tara was selected for The New Playwrights Programme at The Abbey Theatre and was invited to the Annemakerrig Artists’ Centre by the Stewart Parker Trust. She has also been a participant of the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland Film Script Residency and on attachment to the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Scotland as part of their Traverse Fifty Programme.
Radio plays include An System Nua and Panic broadcast on RTE Radio 1. Me, Michael, her adaption of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, for children was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre and toured schools and venues in Ireland in 2015.
Tara has also just been commissioned to write a twenty-minute play for the Abbey as part of their short plays series in July 2016.
Tara also completed a FETEC in Drama Facilitation from the Artstrain Programme at NAYD in Dublin. She has facilitated drama and writing workshops with Galway VEC, NUIG, Dublin Youth Theatre, Jolt in Galway.
Tara’s 2016 Course: Playwriting