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Tara Moses (she/her) is a citizen of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Mvskoke, director,  multi award-winning playwright,  and co-Founder of Groundwater Arts.  


As a director, her work has been seen in Kansas City, MO; Boston, MA; San Franscisco, CA; Kyle, SD; Vermillion, SD; Providence, RI; Seattle, WA; New York, NY; Tulsa, OK; Washington, D.C.; Bethesda, MD; Oklahoma City, OK; Palmetto, GA; Edmond, OK; and Hartford, CT.  As a playwright, her completed works include Sections, He’eo’o (Winner of the 2019 Native Storytellers Contest), Quantum (2020 and 2021 Finalist for the National Playwrights Conference), Bound (2019 Native American New Play Festival Winner), the adaptation of Hamlet: El Príncipe de Denmark, Don Juan, Arbeka, Patchwork (a 10-minute play), Oñgwehoñwe (a 10-minute play), Snag, Sugar, OklaHOME (a 10-minute play), Billie, and Poyvfekcv (a 10-minute play). Her plays have been produced and/or developed with Company One Theatre (Boston, MA); AlterTheatre Ensemble (San Rafael, CA); Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX); Geva Theatre Center (Rochester, RI); Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR); American Indian Community House (New York, NY); Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective (New York, NY); Sound Theatre Company (Seattle, WA); Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company (Reno, NV); American Indian Artists, Inc. AMERINDA, (New York, NY); Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (New Haven, CT); Native Voices at the Autry (Los Angeles, CA); Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company (Oklahoma City, OK); telatúlsa (Tulsa, OK); University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK); No Peeking Theatre Company (Jersey City, NJ); Furnace Fringe Festival (Boston, MA); #BingeTheatreCompany (Washington, D.C.); and Echo Theatre Company (Tulsa, OK). Additionally, her plays have been taught and/or are currently in the curriculum at Brown University, the University of Arkansas, the University of Arizona, UCLA, University of Washington, Oklahoma City University, and Northeastern State University. She is currently/has been commissioned by Audible, Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program, Company One Theatre, AlterTheatre Ensemble, Kitchen Dog Theater, the New Now Commission with Lauren Gunderson, Geva Theatre Center, Red Bull Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


She is on the Advisory Board of Broadway for Racial Justice; a Participant in New York Stage and Film’s inaugural NYSAF NEXUS project (2021);  Playwright-in-Residence at AlterTheatre Ensemble (2020/21); Cultural Capital Fellow with First Peoples Fund (2020); Invited Playwright with HBMG Foundation’s National Winter Playwrights Retreat (2020); the Native Storytellers winner with the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (2019); an observer with the SDC Foundation (18/19); fellow with the Intercultural Leadership Institute (18/19); member of DirectorsLabChicago (2018); member of the Directors Lab at Lincoln Center (2017); Senior Artistic Director Fellow, Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage (2016/17); recipient of the Thomas C. Fichandler Award (2016); Management Fellow, Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage (2015/16); former affiliated artist with Unsettling Dramaturgy; associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; and Dramatists Guild member. She is an M.F.A. Candidate in Directing at Brown University/Trinity Rep and holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Tulsa.


She is also a dramaturg, consultant, and beadwork artist - and yes, she still has free time and capacity for new projects, so please don't stop emailing. :) 


She is from the Muscogee Creek Reservation and currently based on Narragansett Land or what is colonially known as Providence, RI.

(L-R) Maddie Easley (Pocahontas); Irene Bedard (Narrator/Mother); Kara Morrison (playwright); Tara Moses (director); Asa Benally (costume designer)

Talkback for Othello, adapted and directed by Tara Moses with the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival with Costume Creator Elizabeth Wislar (Cherokee)

Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell on behalf of the City of Los Angeles presenting Tara with a Certificate of Recognition for her play Quantum

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