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Transforming Stage and Screen: Tara Bissett

Born and raised in Montreal, Tara Bissett has been a dynamic presence in the performing arts for over 25 years. Her dual citizenship in Canada and the US has allowed her to perform extensively across North America and internationally, showcasing her versatility as an artist. Tara's early engagement in the visual arts, with a BFA and MA in arts education from Concordia University and an MSc in Applied Creativity from SUNY Buffalo, laid the foundation for her diverse creative pursuits.

Tara Bissett Headshot
Courtesy of Tara Bissett

By Gerardo Saenz

January 26, 2024 - 2:00 PM EST

Tara's transition to the performing arts was a natural progression from her visual arts background. Her experience as an artist and running a studio focusing on functional art and producing exhibits has deeply informed her approach to performance. She has a unique ability to blend visual and performing arts, bringing a rich, multidimensional perspective to her roles.

Her stage career is highlighted by a range of challenging and diverse roles. In "Next to Normal" at the Centaur Theatre, Tara portrayed Diana, a role that demanded a deep understanding of complex emotional landscapes. Her portrayal of Linda in "Wife Begins at Forty" with Hudson Village Theatre Company, directed by Glen Bowser, showcased her comedic timing and ability to connect with audiences. Other notable stage credits include roles in "Pool (No Water)," "Gidion’s Knot," and "Into The Woods," each reflecting her adaptability and depth as a performer.

Tara's film and television credits further demonstrate her versatility as an actor. Her roles in "Poison," "Need," and on the popular ABC series "Quantico" have allowed her to explore different genres and character types, expanding her range and appeal as an actor.

In 2022, Tara ventured into a new realm of creativity with her first screenplay, "Roed." This marked a significant milestone in her career, showcasing her talents not just as a performer but also as a storyteller and writer. Her collaboration with her production partner, Dawn Lambing, on "Roed" and their upcoming projects, including another short and a feature, signify her ongoing commitment to creative evolution and storytelling.

Tara’s experience in facilitating and teaching in the field of innovation and creative process before focusing solely on performance has been integral to her development as an artist. This background has given her a unique approach to her craft, blending creativity with a structured process, allowing her to explore new dimensions in her performances and storytelling.

Residing in Lachine, QC, with her husband, daughter, and their cat Billy, Tara's personal life is as rich and fulfilling as her professional one. Her experiences and relationships undoubtedly play a role in her artistic expression, providing a wellspring of inspiration for her diverse creative endeavors.

Tara Bissett's journey is a testament to the power of lifelong learning and the pursuit of diverse artistic avenues. From her beginnings in the visual arts to her extensive career in performing and her recent foray into screenwriting, Tara embodies the spirit of a true artist—constantly evolving, learning, and embracing new challenges. Her story is an inspiration to aspiring artists and performers, demonstrating that with passion, dedication, and a willingness to explore new paths, one can create a rich and varied career in the arts.


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