Catch "Clotheswap" at the Toronto Fringe, July 3-14
Tarah is an actor and voice performer based in Toronto and Los Angeles. She’s an alumna of the Second City Touring Co. where she performed in The Best of Second City and Abbreviation Nation. She also co-wrote, produced and starred in the Award-Winning web series So Awkward. Selected Film & TV credits: Running Mates (opposite Henry Winkler and DJ Qualls, where she won Best Supporting Actress - MockFest Film Fest), Impulse (NBC Universal/YouTube Originals), Flatliners (Columbia/SONY), The Cat in The Hat Knows A Lot About That! (PBS Kids), Get Blake (Nickelodeon), SuperWhy! (PBS Kids), Crash Canyon (MTV), Breathing Through A Straw, Best Ed, Dan For Mayor (CTV), Train48 (Global), Run Robot Run, and The Ron James Show (CBC). She also lends her voice to the audiobook trilogy Masterminds by Gordon Korman, and R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps. She has performed at various comedy venues in Los Angeles such as iO West and The Upright Citizens Brigade with her improv troupe, Brunch. Tarah is a graduate of York University.
When did you first think of yourself as an artist?
When it was time to decide what we wanted to do after highschool, I knew I wanted to be an actor. A school guidance counselor “guided” me away from that idea and suggested I do something more stable, like journalism. Random, I thought. I was a kid and I took her advice to heart, and I even remember ordering my graduating class ring with a symbol for journalism engraved on it. But by the time the ring arrived a couple weeks later I had already decided, nope, I’m an actor, that’s what I’m going to do. I never did pick up that ring.
Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?
I’ve learned something from every person I’ve ever worked with. I’ve also had some wonderful teachers: Larry Moss, John Riven, Michele Lonsdale Smith, Rae Ellen Bodie, and everyone at Pro Actors Lab, Second City, and Upright Citizens Brigade. My friends and family help too, my husband (who is also an actor and writer) and especially our two daughters. I feel like as I’m raising them I continue to learn more about myself, which is helping me figure out the sort of artist I am and what I want to say through my work.
What’s something that’s inspired you this week?
WELL, I’m glad you asked! This week I met the rest of the cast of Clotheswap for our first table-read. It was this wonderful blend of old friends and new faces, all of them ridiculously talented. All of these powerhouse women in one room. The chemistry and laughs we shared during the read was really incredible, and it got everyone so pumped for the show.
What’s your favourite restaurant in the city to visit?
I really like Mean Bao on the East end. They make a mean bao. The pork belly, the meanest of all.
What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?
I get excited when I see Improvisors cast in dramatic plays. I’m starting to see more of it but certainly when I was getting started it seemed (at least to me) that Improv and Theatre were treated as two separate crafts and that you had to choose one path. There’s a magic in the merging of the two, and this is one of the things that excites me about Clotheswap. The skills I learned as an improviser have undoubtedly made me a better dramatic actor. Improv isn’t solely about being funny. Its foundation is about saying yes to new ideas, to listening and being present, to being there for each other and jumping into the unknown together, and finally, it’s about taking risks. That’s the kind of theatre I want to see and do.