Tara Brooke Watkins

Assistant Professor

Theatre for Social Justice

Contact Information

tara.watkins@enc.edu

Phone: 617-745-3613

Biographical Information

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 a PhD candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies 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 impact of the 1921 Black Wall Street Massacre on current North Tulsa residents as her case study. She is the business owner of South Shore School of Theatre, a theatre school for students ages 7-19 in Quincy, MA and board president of Pariah Theatre Company whose purpose is to present lesser heard voices in lesser seen ways. 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 presently on tour throughout New England.

 

Education

  • PhD Candidate, Tufts University, Theatre and Performance Studies
  • MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College
  • BA in Communication Arts from Eastern Nazarene College

Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty at Dean College
  • Owner/School Director/Instructor at the South Shore School of Theatre Artistic Director/Instructor at Riverside Theatre Works Colonial Interpreter at Plymouth Plantation

Awards

  • Emerson College Graduate Thesis Award and College Production Grant40Under40 South Shore Star Swedish Council of America Grant Award for Strindberg’s  A Dream Play