Tamara creates contemporary performance works for theatres and public spaces. Building on over twenty years experience, Tamara's individual practice has coalesced in recent years into a singular and compelling voice. Utilising digital, mobile and analogue technologies, with a particular emphasis placed on the role of sound in live performance, her works reflect on how we connect, confront and negotiate with one another. Tamara's work has toured nationally and internationally, been adapted for radio, received funding from local, state, national government bodies and philanthropic organisations and is produced by Freya Waterson.Tamara’s diverse training and experience ranging from indoor theatre and outdoor performance, to dance, film and video informs her current hybrid practice. Tamara is a current recipient of an Australia Council Theatre Fellowship.
In addition to Tamara’s work as an independent artist she was recently appointed Artistic Director for Chamber Made Opera. Tamara created and premiered Permission To Speak for Chamber Made Opera in Novemeber 2016 in collaboration with composer Kate Neal.
Tamara's piece Endings, a work for portable record players, reel-to-reel recorders and performers was co-commissioned by Arts House and Performance Space. Endings premiered in the Sydney Festival in January 2015 and was subsequently presented by Melbourne's Arts House in May. The work is due to have its Candian premiere at Canadian Stage in April 2017 followed by presentations in the UK. Endings was nominated for a 2015 Helpmann Award for 'Best New Australian Work', received a Green Room Award for 'Design and Realisation' and was nominated for best 'Contemporary & Experimental Performance'.
Tamara recently presented Alter, a particpatory sound and light installation for 16 iPads and 16 people at the Festival of Live Art (Arts House). She was resident artist with Blast Theory (UK) in September 2015 to develop this work. Tamara recently created Newport Archives, an audio walk commissioned by The Substation in Newport which premiered in April 2016.
In 2013 Tamara presented PUBLIC an audio performance work for the Big West Festival. 'Public explores the porous borders between public and private behaviour, and is the most sophisticated, not to mention enjoyable, work I've seen in this vein since Back to Back's Small Metal Objects.' (Cameron Woodhead, The Age).
Tamara’s solo work Pin Drop first presented at Arts House in 2010 won the 'Outstanding Production' Green Room Award (Theatre -Alternative & Hybrid Performance) and received nominations in three other categories - 'Mise-en- scene', 'Composition & Sound Design', and 'Production Design'. In 2011 Pin Drop was presented by the Malthouse Theatre, then toured nationally in 2012 with Mobile States, and was adapted for radio (ABC Radio National) in 2013. In 2014 Tamara presented Pin Drop at Tramway in Glasgow as part of a season of Australian contemporary performance and dance works.
Tamara’s work has received funding/support from Arts Victoria, Australia Council Theatre Board and Inter-Arts, City of Melbourne, The Myer Foundation, City of Maribyrnong, Big West Festival, Arts House, Dancehouse, and the Highpoint Group. Tamara was supported by the Australia Council to undertake professional development opportunities with Dah Teater (Belgrade, 2003), Time_Place_Space_5 (QUT, 2006), and Siti Company (New York, 2007).
For many years Tamara has worked as an actor/collaborator with numerous independent theatre artists and companies including Not Yet It’s Difficult (NYID), Justus Neumann and his Vienna based company Theaterverein zum aufgebundenen Baren, Born in a Taxi and The Public Floor, Melbourne Playback Theatre Company, The Hunting Party, Strange Fruit, Simon Ellis, Natalie Cursio, and Company 13.
Tamara has a PhD in Performance Studies from Victoria University (2016), a Masters degree in Animateuring/cross-modal performance from the Victorian College of the Arts (2001), a B.Ed in Drama, Dance & Design from Victoria College, Rusden (1986-1989) and is a graduate of The John Bolton Theatre School (1991). Tamara’s doctoral research was concerned with dramaturgies of sound in live performance. Tamara has presented papers at numerous academic conferences and is a contributor to a collection of essays in ‘Testimony, Witness, Authority: The politics and poetics of experience.'