Tara Moses is a director, playwright, advocate, beadwork artist, consultant, and artistic director. She is involved with The Director's Collective, a collaborative group of directors who create work across the country; Unsettling Dramaturgy, a project supported by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas; and TCG's committee on Green New Theatre.
As a director and playwright, she has made it her artistic mission to utilize her diverse skill set to educate, inspire, and challenge audiences to make change and more importantly, to uplift diverse artists and their stories.
She has been heavily influenced by her Seminole values of community and kinesensic oral traditional that utilize touch, sound, smell, and music outside of the spoken work as the foundation of her artistry. She uses these values to allow audience members to become active participants in dynamic storytelling. Her work explores challenging the American Dream with the American Reality through an intersectional lens of color. She creates work that educates about intersectionality and the audiences' roles in it, provokes conversations about their own behaviors, and inspires change in their prospective homes and communities because societal changes comes after change in the individual. Being brutally honest, using tactile techniques, and provoking evocative thoughts are her guideposts. People of color, resilience and resistance, and the current political climate are her muses. Playwriting, revitalizing classics, and re-imagining contemporary pieces are her vessels for change.
Tara has extreme pride and connection to her Native American culture. As a citizen of the Tusekia Harjo band of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, much of her work is about celebrating culture, ritual, and community. She has directed several productions in partnership with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and she was one of three founders of the first Native American undergraduate organization at the University of Tulsa. She is active with the Center for Native American Youth as a member.
Opening Night of Carousel
Photography by Cameron Whitman
The cast of Fuck Polite with
Irish Director and Playwright