I am an actor, dancer, choreographer, writer, and director with many years of performance experience on both the stage and screen. I am a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and the Theatre C.E.N.T.R.E. After that I spent many years studying under such greats as Kate Twa, Michelle Londsdale-Smith, and John Cassini at the Lyric School for professional actors (now Railtown Actors) in Vancouver. I have taught dance and theatre to people of all ages across the province. Local programs include: Arts Alive, Kirkwood Academy, Beat Street Danceworks, and Nanaimo Parks and Recreation. Here at Kismet, we've written over 18 original plays in 5 years. We've created short films with local filmmakers. At Kismet I teach not just skills which benefit a career onstage or onscreen, but skills that can transfer into any aspect of life. I have students who begin shy and quiet, and soon transform into outgoing and confident performers, eager to share their stories with the world.
I have so enjoyed these past years in Nanaimo directing plays for Western Edge Theatre (Savage In Limbo, Venus in Fur) plus my volunteer work to raise awareness for violence against women and girls (The Vagina Monologues, Any One of Us, Emotional Creature) and most recently, as we have formed our own Kismet Theatre Collective, of which I am Artistic Director. We've sold out shows and stunned audiences with such pieces as Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Nanaimo Fringe Festival) Closer, and most recently, Rabbit Hole, where there was not a dry eye in the house. Stay tuned for our next season of daring and evocative work.
I love storytelling, and more importantly, I love encouraging others to tell their stories - to take brave and bold steps with their creativity, and to surprise themselves. Art is transformative and it connects us to one another.
At Kismet, we are a family. I welcome you to join us, and embark on a journey into your own creativity, and learn the tools to help you shine.
TAMARA MCCARTHY- Creative Drama
TEEN COMPANY CLASS
Tarah Sullivan is a local professional actress and a founding Member of Kismet Theatre Collective. She comes ready to share her knowledge and expertise gained from years of performing onstage and creating original works. Tarah has had leading roles in Western Edges' productions of Savage in Limbo and Venus in Fur. She has also had the opportunity to star in many of the Kismet Collective productions, most recently The Rabbit Hole. She has a real passion for creating art that has a social conscience and has performed, co-created and co-directed in benefits that were performed to raise money for the Haven Society; Any One of Us, V-days Vagina Monologues and Be a Man.
Last year the Teen Company Class had a busy year- Tarah led them through the process of creating an original piece entitled “Secrets, and Other Things We Don’t Talk About” which was performed at the VIU theater with all proceeds going to the Haven Society’s PEACE program for youths that have witnessed violence. The class finished off the year performing a variety of two-hander scenes that Tarah wrote for them specifically.
“I feel very passionate about how the “Teen Voice” is expressed, what an explosive time in our lives made even more poignant by the times we are living in. I feel such gratitude that I get to work with these amazing and talented students. I am honored again and again when they trust me with their point of view and we create art out of truth.”
Tamara has been teaching for many years and is continually inspired by her students, learning new things from them everyday. In the summer months, she teaches at Bard on the Beach, and a hilariously fun Panto camp with Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto. A 5-time Jessie Award nominee, Tamara has over 60 professional directing and acting theatre credits. She most recently performed in TheatreOne’s staged reading of The Seduction Theory, and directed Reasons to be Pretty for Western Edge. A few other favourite directing credits include A Doll’s House (Slamming Door); Dancing at Lughnasa (Peninsula Productions); James and the Giant Peach (Chemainus Theatre Festival); FourPlay (Studio 58); Tough! (Twenty Something); Whistler Chairlift Revue (2010 Paralympics); and Munsch Alley (Carousel). With a lengthy background in physical theatre, Tamara was co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Boca del Lupo Theatre from 1996-2001. This summer, she will travel to Cow Head, Newfoundland, to direct Julie McIsaac’s The Out Vigil, and in 2018, she will direct Jordan Hall’s new play, Rate of Loss, at the Cultch Historic Theatre in Vancouver. Tamara is looking forward to meeting new friends at Kismet
WREN BECKLEY- Musical Theatre Program
Wren graduated from Vancouver Island University in spring 2018, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. Originally from Alberta, she participated in numerous theatre productions and music competitions from age 6-18, and went on to graduate high school from Victoria School of the Performing and Visual Arts in Edmonton - where she studied advanced acting and choral music. She has performed in productions such as CATS the Musical, The Little Dog Laughed, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and most recently The Little Mermaid. Right out of high school Wren started teaching children 0-5 years old at an activity and development centre for children. Here she taught music, art, sports, and school skills classes. Since moving to Nanaimo she has been involved in several theatre productions, and regularly performs in local bands. She has also recently started teaching private music lessons out of Kismet. If you are interested in one-on-one music lessons, contact Wren directly at email@example.com .