Tamara Gazzard is a theatre maker, producer, performer, and arts educator. Tamara holds a Bachelor of Arts (Drama), a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and Master of Applied Theatre Studies. In completing her Masters, Tamara undertook a practice-based research project exploring and testing a self-reflexive dramaturgy for verbatim theatre.
In 2018 Tamara was selected to train with internationally renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly as a participant and performer in their International Summer School Training Programme in London, UK.
As a co-founder of Paper Cut, Tamara has worked as a deviser, performer and producer for The Past is a Foreign Country (Playhouse, Newcastle 2013; Crack Theatre Festival 2012), Spent (The Store, 2014; Crack Theatre Festival 2013), No One Cares About Your Cat (Playhouse, Newcastle, ATYP Studio 1 & Crack Theatre Festival, 2015) and Hello, Stranger (Blackbox Theatre, Newcastle & BMEC Bathurst 2016).
Tamara is currently the General Manager at Tantrum Youth Arts, Newcastle's leading professional theatre organisation working with young people and emerging artists. With Tantrum, Tamara has produced multi-venue tours of several new works (HOME 2017, Trailer, 2016, Opening Doors 2014-2018) and has been involved as a writer/deviser/director (Manning the Fort 2016, Stories in our Steps, 2015; Singleton Tales, 2014; Opening Doors, 2014-2018), performer (Grounded, 2012), and a teaching artist (2013-2015).
As an arts educator Tamara has programmed and delivered workshops for young people with both Tantrum and Paper Cut, and has tutored and lectured at the University of Newcastle in the School of Creative Arts. Tamara is also a qualified and accredited secondary Drama teacher and has taught in numerous high schools in the Hunter region since 2009.