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Goldstein, Tara


Tara Goldstein is a playwright, producer and professor of education at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.  She graduated from the MFA Playwriting Program at Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky in November 2006. In July 2007 she founded Gailey Road Productions, a theatre company that produces research-informed theatre on social and political issues that affect us all (www.gaileyroad.com). Tara’s historical drama Lost Daughter won the 2005 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Contest and was produced by Gailey Road at the 2008 Toronto Fringe Festival.  Harriet’s House, a contemporary drama about transnational adoption in a same-sex family, was produced at Hart House Theatre in July 2010, and has been published as part of Tara’s book Staging Harriet’s House: Writing and Producing Research-Informed Theatre (Peter Lang 2012). Ana’s Shadow, the sequel to Harriet’s House, was recently published in Canadian Theatre Review (Issue 151, Summer 2012) and in an anthology of three of Tara's plays called Zero Tolerance and Other Plays:Disrupting racism, xenophobia and homophobia in school.  (Sense Publishers 2013). Two digital recordings and two Discussion Guides for working with Harriet's House and Ana's Shadow in secondary and teacher education classrooms are available at www.gaileyroad.com.  In addition to her work for the stage, Tara has written seven research-based plays on the schooling of minority high school and university students, which have been used in university and high school classrooms across Canada, the United States and Australia.  Tara was the Chair of the Women’s Caucus of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada from 2010-2012, and recently participated in the 2012 Women Playwrights International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden.  In August 2013 and 2014 Tara took Harriet's House to Bogotá, Colombia, where it received several staged reading a in Spanish at El Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gáitan, Barraca Teatro (Bogotá's LGBTQ theatre), and Universidad Distrital Franciso José de Calda. Tara's latest play Castor and Sylvie about French feminist writer Simone de Beauvoir and her companion Sylvie Le Bon will be given a staged reading at the Festival of Original Theatre at the University of Toronto in February 2015. Website:  http://www.gaileyroad.com

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