Tara is a Swarthmore alum and a theatre artist specializing in costume design. She is especially interested in sustainability in costumes and the nodes where technology and fashion intersect. She is also the Arts Publicity Assistant for the Theater Department and Dance Programs at Swarthmore College.
Costume designs in New York include: Chimera, with Deborah Stein '99 and Suli Holum '97, Cynthia Hopkins' internationally toured productions of Accidental Nostalgia, Must Don't Whip 'Em, and Failure of Success, Liz Sargent's Work-in-Progress at Chez Bushwick, A Gentleman Caller for Clubbed Thumb at the Ohio Theatre, Koosilja Hwang in Deadman Dancing and mecha(Output), Young Jean Lee's The Appeal at Soho Rep, Theatre of the Two-Head Calf's Major Barbara at LaMama, John Jesarun's staging of the Harry Parch opera Delusion of the Fury at the Japan Society as well as many other individual commissions including works for visual artists Angie Eng and Michael Anderson. She worked with the Wooster Group from 1998 to 2004 with both costume and video on the Wooster Group's productions of House/Lights, North Atlantic, Hairy Ape, To You The Birdie! and the restaging of Brace Up! (2003). She also collaborated with the Collapsable Giraffe from 1999 to 2007 as a performer, costumer, and video artist and has also worked with the National Theatre of Scotland, TR Warzawa, Mabou Mines, and the West Bay Opera Company.
Other designs include custom wedding dresses, various commissions, custom soft goods and interior designs for many restaurants and businesses, as well as video design for Stanley (2006) with Lisa D'Amour and several video/set installations for theatre at Swarthmore College for the 2009-2010 school year.
She is currently the Costume Shop Supervisor for Swarthmore College. She also teaches Costume Design at Philadelphia University and freelance designs in Philadelphia.