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Tara Brooke Watkins

Director, Playwright, Instructor, Theatre for Social Justice Activist

Tara Brooke Watkins is a theatre director, instructor, and playwright. She runs the Theatre for Social Justice Program at Eastern Nazarene College where she received her BA in Communication Arts. She holds an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at Tufts University. She is the owner and Executive Director of South Shore School of Theatre, a theatre school for students ages seven to nineteen in Quincy, MA and is the acting board President for Pariah Theatre Company. She sits on the board of Sleeping Weazel Theatre Company for whom she recently directed the Elliot Norton Award-Winning production (Small or Fringe Theatre) The Audacity: Women Speak. She runs the Shatter the Silence Ministry at Bethel AME Church and Bethel Social Justice Institute, which seeks to end sexual violence in religious contexts through the use of theatre and the arts. Her work intersects at social justice, religion, and identity on stage. Her most recent ethnographic play Tulsa '21: Black Wall Street premiered in 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and now tours public schools in Oklahoma. Her play,The Bible Women’s Project was an official selection of the New York International Fringe Festival 2016, and is on tour across the country. 

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A New Identity for Oklahoma
Essay

A New Identity for Oklahoma

7 August 2019

Tara Brooke Watkins discusses how Oklahoma! has shaped the state’s cultural identity, the Tulsa Race Massacre, and Spinning Plates’s production of the musical with an all-black cast.

The Bible Women’s Project
Essay

The Bible Women’s Project

Shouting to be Heard in a Religiously Conservative Environment

11 May 2017

Director and playwright Tara Brooke Watkins discusses the process of creating The Bible Women’s Project, which fuses women’s stories from the Bible and the stories of women from conservative, Christian backgrounds.