Tara Goldstein

Tara Goldstein is the Artistic Director of Gailey Road Productions, a theatre company that produces research-informed theatre on social and political issues that affect us all (www.gaileyroad.com).   The company celebrated its 10th anniversary in January 2017.  Tara is also a professor, ethnographer and playwright in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She graduated from the MFA Playwriting Program at Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky, in November 2006.  Tara’s historical drama Lost Daughter won the annual Canadian Jewish Playwriting Contest in 2005, and was performed at the Toronto Fringe Festival in July 2008.    Harriet’s House was performed at Hart House Theatre as part of the Toronto Pride Week Festival in July 2010 and was 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 published in the Canadian Theatre Review (2012)and in the anthology Zero Tolerance and Other Plays:  Disrupting Xenophobia, Racism and Homophobia in School (Sense Publishers 2013).   Both Harriet’s House and Ana’s Shadow have been professionally digitally recorded and are available for download in along with discussion guides at www.gaileyroad.com.  

In August 2013 and 2014 Tara took Harriet's House to Bogotá, Colombia, where it received several staged readinga 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, a play about French feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir and her companion philosophy teacher Sylvie Le Bon was performed at SummerWorks 2015 and is part of Tara’s ongoing project of putting queer families on stage. 

Tara is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada (PCG), was the Chair of PCG’s Women Caucus from 2010-2012, and participated in the 2012 Women Playwrights International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Tara also curates Women Writing Letters, a literary performance series produced by Gailey Road.  Women Writing Letters completed its fourth season in April 2015.