Tara Moses (she/her) is a citizen of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, director, award-winning playwright, 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, and Arbeka. Her plays have been produced and/or developed with 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).
She is a Cultural Capital Fellow with First Peoples Fund (2020); Invited Playwright with HBMG Foundation’s National Winter Playwrights Retreat (2020); fellow with the Intercultural Leadership Institute (2018/19); 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.
(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