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2020 Siminovitch Prize Finalist

Tara Beagan

Mohkintsis / Calgary

Not neat or tidy, and not gooey or fuzzy, there is a wildness to Beagan’s production. [It] is a force to be reckoned with—it will reach across the stage, grab your heart in its hands, and make off with it. See it happen. I dare you. NEXUS

Tara Beagan is proud to be Ntlaka’pamux and, through her late father's side, of Irish ancestry.  She is cofounder/director of ARTICLE 11 with Andy Moro. Beagan served as Artistic Director of  Native Earth Performing Arts from February 2011 to December 2013. During her time, NEPA  continued with traditional values for guidance, had an Elder in Residence, and named and moved  into the Aki Studio. Beagan has been in residence at Cahoots Theatre (Toronto), NEPA  (Toronto), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and Berton House (Dawson City, Yukon). She is now  Playwright In Residence at Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg). Seven of her 28 plays are  published. Two plays have received Dora Award nominations (one win). In 2018, Beagan was a  finalist in the Alberta Playwrights’ Network competition. In 2020, Honour Beat won the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama. Recent premieres include Deer Woman in Aotearoa (New  Zealand), Honour Beat opening the 2018/19 season at Theatre Calgary, The Ministry of Grace at  Belfry Theatre in Victoria, and Super in Plays2Perform@Home with Boca Del Lupo (Vancouver).