Tara Beagan

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Beagan in rehearsal by Juan Camilo Palacio, 2014

A Ntlaka'pamux and Irish “Canadian” theatre artist, Beagan co-founded ARTICLE 11 in 2013 with her most frequent collaborator, Andy Moro.

A playwright, actor, director, dramaturg, workshop facilitator, public speaker and producer, Beagan is also a member of the advisory board for Canadian Theatre Review (CTR) and the Aboriginal Liaison for the Toronto Centre NDP riding association. Beagan succeeded her mentor, Yvette Nolan, as AD of Native Earth Performing Arts (NEPA) in February of 2011. Not one to thrive under fluorescent lights and so much talking, Beagan resigned in December 2013 to ply her talents where they are at their strongest - in creation mode.

Three of Beagan's twenty plays are published through the Playwrights Canada Press and she has written for NOW magazine, CTR, and Urban Native Magazine.

Beagan participated in the November 2014 hackathon for this theatrewiki from the Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon, where she was in residence thanks to the Writer's Trust of Canada. Previously, Beagan has been in residence at NEPA, the National Arts Centre (NAC,) at the Stratford Festival's playwright retreat, and Cahoots Theatre.

Beagan has been working more steadily as a director, always staunchly seeking Indigenous collaborators.