Tara Beagan is a proud halfbreed of Ntlaka’pamux and Irish Canadian heritage. Most recently, Tara was in Aotearoa for Tawata Productions’ inaugural Matariki Festival. This was the enriching conclusion to her playwriting residency at Native Earth Performing Arts for the 2009/2010 season. Tara’s debut play, Thy Neighbour’s Wife (UnSpun Theatre) garnered three Dora Award nominations in ’05, winning for New Play. Ensuing plays include Dreary and Izzy, (NEPA) and head writer/co-director for the Crate Productions collective, The Fort at York. Beagan’s Miss Julie: Sheh’mah (KICK Theatre) earned five ’09 Dora nominations. Tara is one of four playwrights on the Theatrefront serial theatrical project, The Mill. Short plays include Quilchena (halfbreed productions, writer/director/producer), Here, Boy! (halfbreed productions) Foundlings (writer/director/producer) BLUEBEARD’S WI7E (Caravan Farm), TransCanada, (NEPA), and Anatomy of an Indian (Wrecking Ball.) Tara is honoured to work as a mentor for emerging First Nations artists through Young Voices, CIT, Crossing Gibraltar, and AMY. She has also written for film and radio, is learning the ropes as a director, and is a Dora and Betty nominated actor.