"The thing is, is to raise your hand. It's not to hide and it's not to try and pretend or anything like that. You raise your hand."
Tara is an international teaching artist, actor support ally, song and soul coach, and college audition prep mentor available live in NY, NJ and Philly.
As a teacher and coach, Tara gives her students/clients a safe cocoon to grow their wings, aiming to uncover material that fits like a glove, pump up performance confidence, build storytelling skills, and develop professional level audition packages. She believes deeply that both soul and craft go hand in hand to enhance the creative process and encourages her students to embrace their individual flavors as not only actors, but artists with something to say. Tara also enjoys being a faerie godmomma to high school students searching for what college theatre program suits them best.
Tara has served as a teacher, coach, director, and/or choreographer with Sunrise Art Group in China, Broadway Connections, iTheatrics, Artistree Performing Arts, The Stage Theatre School, and the Walnut Street Theatre within their Theatre School, Adopt-a-School, and annual Camp Walnut. She has freelanced as a choreographer for various performance groups ranging from temples to churches to college opera companies. She also served as visiting teacher for Temple University's Musical Theatre program and has had her private students go on to train at competitive theatre programs and perform on professional stages from Radio City to top regional houses on the East Coast.
She has trained as a song coach at Goodspeed Opera House with Brent Wagner, former chair of University of Michigan's musical theatre program. She is currently the resident song coach and co-creator of BYOSong with Owen Pelesh, co-teacher and co-creator of ARTIST ALIGNMENT college level masterclass with her husband on sustaining the actor lifestyle, creating workshops/masterclasses with her girl Jenna Pastuszek , and coaching privately both virtually and live in NY and Philly.
Lied Center of the Performing Arts - Sister Act Masterclass
with University of Nebraska- Lincoln, Co
Taught with Cast Chum, Lawrence Dandridge
All Aboard the Broadway Bus!, Sunrise Art Group 2018 in Hangzhou, China
Love From the Moms
"I want to say thanks for what you do for Joanna and all the kids. Your obvious passion for the theater - both in your own performance, and in your ability to guide others in finding their strengths - is such a positive influence, and I think your feedback has given Joanna great confidence. I am always on the lookout for good role models for my daughter, and I'm very happy that she looks up to you and values your advice."
Parent of a Private Coaching Student
"You have done a great job with Lauren. I have seen her confidence build over the past year. Her song selection for auditions has grown and she is now better prepared to handle a wider variety of roles. It's hard to find an acting coach with your experience and talent that takes such a strong interest in the success of her students. "
Parent of a Private Coaching Student
"Tara's choreography is so character driven it truly
shines as theater movement and not just choreography without a purpose of through line! She values art education and understands the true value behind live theater. I say they had
Liza with a Z, we are blessed to have Tara with a T!!"
-Samuel Antonio Reyes
Koresh Company Choreographer
"Tara really helped me make new discoveries about myself as an actress. I continue to develop new techniques and skills every time I work with her. She is so much fun to be with and is constantly helping me find new material and audition/performance opportunities. "
Camp Walnut &
Private Coaching Student
First session is FREE!
A Stress-Free, Slightly Sober Safe Space for Actors in NYC Hosted by Tara and Owen Pelesh.
$35/new member, $29/returning,
First Glass of Wine Included
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