Career and Scholarship
Social Justice and Community Based Curriculum
As Theatre Program Coordinator with a history of curriculum development and artistic direction, Tara has revamped theatre curricula at two higher ed institutions and advised redevelopment for other institutions to reflect a stronger foundational base of knowledge for students to graduate as artist community advocates and empathic beings.
South Shore School of Theatre
Founding and Executive Director, Teach and Direct children ages seven to adult, Manages teachers and staff with School Director, Company produces five productions per year, Award Winner for Arts Leadership on the South Shore
REsearch and Scholarship
PhD from Tufts University (grad. May 2021) in Theatre and Performance Studies, regular contributor to HowlRound Theatre Commons, professional affiliations with Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Association for Theatre Educators, and Quincy Arts Council, presentations at Northwestern University, Villanova University, Tufts University, Salve Regina University, and Eastern Nazarene College. Her research focuses on race and gender equity in theatre.
Theatre for Social Justice and Comm Arts at ENC
Theatre for Social Justice was designed and implemented at Eastern Nazarene College in 2017 by Tara Brooke Watkins as a way to blend the college's mission of social justice with theatre development. In 2021, she was hired by Salve Regina University with the goal of bringing this same intention to their theatre department using the college's Mercy Mission to guide the programming. In addition to production and performance classes, students take a community-engagement course in which they use theatre in a local community setting, regularly work on devised plays with themes important to the immediate community, and study theatre from a history from below perspective.