Tara Brooke Watkins is a theatre director, instructor, and playwright. She holds a BA in Communication Arts from Eastern Nazarene College, an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and is currently working toward her PhD in Drama at Tufts University. Her dissertation research focuses on the impact of ethnographic theatre in response to cultural trauma and untold histories. She looks at the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 and current Tulsa educational practices as her case study.
She is the business owner of South Shore School of Theatre, a theatre school for students ages seven to nineteen in Quincy, MA. Tara’s focus in her scholarship and on stage is theatre for social justice. She practices story circle drama therapy to heal as well as foster environments in which participants can feel safe enough to share their stories. Various projects have begun this way and ended up as plays.
Her most recent ethnographic play The Bible Women’s Project was an official selection of the New York International Fringe Festival 2016, and is on tour throughout New England presently. She has been a colonial interpreter at Plimoth Plantation, artistic director of Riverside Theatre Works in Boston, a traveling public speaker for Monster’s Making it Count, and leads theatre story circles and theatre for social justice workshops throughout the Boston area for various communities. She attends Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston.