Tara Goldstein

Tara 2024

Tara Goldstein is the Founder and current Co-Artistic Director of Gailey Road Productions. She graduated from the MFA Playwriting Program at Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky, in November 2006.

Tara is also a professor, researcher and playwright in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her current teaching and research program focuses on gender, sexuality and schooling; archival research and verbatim theatre. The findings from her recent research project The Experiences of LGBTQ Families in Ontario Schools funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council from 2016-2020 are shared on her website www.lgbtqfamiliesspeakout.ca and in her books Teaching Gender and Sexuality at School: Letters to Teachers (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2019) and Our Children are Your Students: LGBTQ Students Speak Out (Myers Education Press, 2021).

Tara’s recent verbatim play Out at School, co-written with Jenny Salisbury and Pam Baer and published under the title This is Our Family in her book Our Children Are Your Students, is a multi-media verbatim theatre piece based on interviews with LGBTQ families about their experiences at elementary and high school. It was performed at the L Fest in Llandudno, Wales in 2018 and then in Toronto at the Pride Festival in June 2019.

Out at School, the Audio Play, was recorded on Zoom in November 2020 and is available on popular podcast platforms.

Tara’s latest arts-based archival research projects are The Love Booth and Six Companion Plays (2023), The Love Booth Williamstown (2024) and a novel called Home of Her Heart (2023).

The Love Booth and Six Companion Plays feature seven plays about queer and trans activism in the 1970 and 1980s. The plays were performed at Toronto Pride in June 2023 to mark the 50th anniversary of homosexuality being taken out of the American Psychology Association (APA)’s Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) in 1973. The Love Booth Williamstown is an Australian adaption and expansion of The Love Booth and was presented in Williamstown, Victoria, in March 2024.

Home of Her Heart tells a story about a young woman adopted from Colombia at age 10 and her adoptive grandmother who fled her home in Nazi Germany through the Kindertransport program at the age of 16. Spanning borders from Colombia to Canada, Germany to England, a grandmother and her granddaughter, both survivors of state violence, search for family and a place to call home. An audio-book of the novel is available here→ and on popular podcasts platforms through the podcast Gailey Road Audio.

Listen to the interview with Tara Goldstein about her research-based theatre work. ↓

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