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With a collection of credits from Canada’s top regional Theatres, Tara Hughes is rapidly living up to her reputation as “a fantastic actress, one of the best in Canada” (Kent Staines). Since graduating from the UofA’s BFA Acting Program, Tara has built a solid foundation in the Classics, especially the works of William Shakespeare. This focus on the Bard culminated in her recent inclusion in the Stratford Conservatory & subsequent 50th Anniversary Season. Tara has also become an avid participant in the creation of new work, accumulating an enviable list of workshop & performance credits on some of the most daring new plays in Canada. One would think that these achievements would allow Tara to rest on her laurels, but the Alberta-born actress says she still has far to go to reach her dreams.

“I have so many ideas, & there is never enough time to create them.” says Hughes, cracking one of her signature grins, “I’ll never know when I get to the top – I’ll be too busy making things to notice!” The adventuring spirit she brings to her work was instilled by her unusual upbringing in rural Alberta – she spent her formative years connected to the prairie, learning to ride at an early age and working in the daily operation of the family’s large ranch. Despite their isolated location, her parents made certain her artistic bent was encouraged – Tara studied ballet from the age of 4-18, and was a voracious reader, devouring any books she could find. “Tara didn’t learn to read,” explains her mother Cheryl, “she just picked up a book, and read.”

Tara left the farm to attend the University of Alberta, intending to pursue a career in English Literature. She soon found, however, that her Minor in Theatre was more often a major focus of her time. Tara began studying acting in earnest, from the Oxford School of Drama to the BFA Program, and soon after graduation began to accumulate professional credits. “I have been very fortunate to do what I love,” she says.

The response to Tara’s work has been just as loving. She has been praised for her sense of humour, for characters possessing a fierce bravery, a spark of temper, or the bent of fragile vulnerability. Recommended for her endless creativity, Tara is known to bring a high level of emotional commitment to every project. She brings a quirky edge to rehearsal hall, displaying a plucky devotion to risk-taking in the work. She finds moments of personal dignity for even the most despicable characters, moments which leave a lasting impression upon both her audiences and her peers – for instance, her portrayal of the sweetly addled psycho-killer ‘Scout’ in Popcorn (The Citadel Theatre) was recognized with an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Best Performance by an Actress in Leading Role.

Her relentless drive to seek out new experience seems to engender a wide range of creative outlets for Tara, from writing to design, from fitness training to African Drumming. She has begun to amass her first collection of poetry, entitled "The Night B4 the Morning After", and is currently working on her first novel – “more like a novella!” Her online writer’s journal – The Notched Wing – contains more of her writing, including book reviews, weekly adventures in Culture, and an ongoing social commentary. With her endless drive to create, and her boundless sense of possibility, it seems like this young actress will be too busy to notice her growing reputation as one of the bright young lights in Canadian Theatre.

 


WORDS FROM DISINTERESTED PARTIES

“Tara Hughes is a fantastic actress – one of the best in Canada. Instinctive, powerful, always in search of the truth. Her dedication to her craft is tireless. All thumbs up!!!”

Kent Staines
Toronto-based Actor, Director, & Screenwriter
(Prom Queen - CTV)


"Proof", The Globe Theatre

"I cast Tara Hughes because she had an incredible grasp of the character -
intelligent and articulate - and read the part in a way that was withdrawn,
but enticing, with a contained passion waiting to explode."

Gerald Lenton-Young - Actor, Director, Filmmaker. Also: Department Head of
Theatre, at the University of Regina.



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TARA HUGHES
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Weight: 125 lbs
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FILM & TELEVISION

72 HOURS Lisa Poslin

CBC / Bill Robertson

THEATRE

GOODNESS Young Althea

PS122 (NYC)/Volcano/Ross Manson

GLORY DAYS Rose

Theatre Aquarius/Lee MacDougall

GOODNESS Young Althea

Traverse (Edinburgh)/Volcano/Ross Manson

GOODNESS Young Althea

The Tarragon/Volcano/Ross Manson

UNLESS Christine

CanStage/Vancouver Arts Club/Roy Surette

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS Caitlin

Grand Theatre/Gina Wilkinson

MY ONE AND ONLY Marilyn Monroe

ATP PlayRites 2004/Gail Hanrahan

DOWN THE MAIN DRAG Pal

ATP PlayRites 2004/Dennis Garnhum

PROOF Catherine

The Globe/Gerald Lenton-Young

HIPPIE Alice

Blyth Festival/Paul Thompson

PERILOUS PIRATE’S DAUGHTER

Young Rebel

Blyth Festival/Eric Coates

TWO NOBLE KINSMEN Queen/Emillia's Woman

Stratford Festival/David Latham

HENRY VI PARTS 1&2 Lady Bona

Stratford Festival/Leon Rubin

AS YOU LIKE IT Rosalind

Stratford Conservatory/D. Latham

AS YOU LIKE IT Celia

Free Will Players/Geoff Brumlik

RICHARD III Lady Anne

Free Will Players/Kim McCaw

ROMEO & JULIET Juliet

The Citadel/Tom Wood

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRS Meyella

The Citadel/MTC/Dennis Garnhum

MIDSUMMERS NIGHT'S DREAM Hermia

The Citadel/Tom Wood

A FITTING CONFUSION Yvonne

Theatre Calgary/Susan Ferley

POPCORN* Scout

The Citadel/Bob Baker

TRANSIT OF VENUS Celeste

Workshop West/Johnna Wright

WEATHER Tara

ATP PlayRites 99/D. Michael Dobbin

THE ABERHART SUMMER Diane/Jean

ATP PlayRites 99/Stephen Heatley

PASSION Fosca

Ephiphany Theatre/R. Benson

THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Crystal

Chemainus Theatre/Joel Morello

*Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

TRAINING

Advanced Acting For The Camera/David Rotenberg

On Camera Audition Lab Intensive/ Lynne Cormack

Stratford Conservatory for Classical Training, Stratford 2001

BFA Acting, University of Alberta

BA English Literature, University of Alberta

Acting for the Camera/Francis Damberger

Shakespeare Workshop/Fiona Shaw

Oxford School of Drama, Summer Program

SKILLS

Horsemanship – Dressage, Western, Harness, 2-horse team, Cattle Handling

Dance – Ballet, Jazz, Modern & Ballroom

Singing – Soprano: G below C, to G above the staff

Stage Combat – Hand to Hand, Rapier & Dagger, Broadsword (with J.P. Fournier, John Stead)

Piano – Grade 6 Conservatory

Snowboarding, Skating, Skiing (Cross-country and Downhill), Hiking, Cycling, Running