Tara Moses (she/her) is a citizen of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, director, multi award-winning playwright, Producing Artistic Director of telatúlsa, and co-Founder of Groundwater Arts. As a director, her work has been seen in 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, Quantum, Bound, the adaptation of Hamlet: El Príncipe de Denmark, Don Juan, Arbeka, and Patchwork, a 10-minute play. Her plays have been produced and/or developed with 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 Arizona, UCLA, University of Washington, Oklahoma City University, and Northeastern State University.
She is a Playwright-in-Residence at Alter Theatre (2020/21); a commissioned playwright for the New Now Commission with Lauren Gunderson (2020); 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); affiliated artist with Unsettling Dramaturgy; associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; and Dramatists Guild member. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Tulsa and is expected to attend Brown University/Trinity Rep as an M.F.A. Candidate in Directing in the fall of 2021.
She is currently based on the Muscogee Creek Reservation or what is colonially known as Tulsa, OK.
(L-R) Maddie Easley (Pocahontas); Irene Bedard (Narrator/Mother); Kara Morrison (playwright); Tara Moses (director); Asa Benally (costume designer)
Talkback for He'eo'o at the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell on behalf of the City of Los Angeles presenting Tara with a Certificate of Recognition for her play Quantum