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Tamara Kissane

Artist Soapbox
Durham, NC
Tamara Kissane is a playwright, parent, and podcaster based in Pittsboro, NC. She was the 2020 Piedmont Laureate and received Outstanding Contribution to the Arts from Chatham Life & Style.

Through her podcast production studio, Artist Soapbox, Tamara has produced, written, and directed a variety of audio dramas including Jesus Pancake (2022), ASBX Shorts (2021), Declaration of Love Anthology (2020), The New Colossus (2020), Master Builder (2019), Creekside with Winona (2021), Trailblazer: Mabel Lee (2022), with several in development.

Her plays and monologues have been presented by PlayMakers Repertory, University Theater at NC State, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Burning Coal Theatre, Seed Art Share, and Mad Cow Theatre.

Her play NICE WHITE PARENTS 2016 was selected and featured in the first annual Sips & Scripts New Works Festival 2021 (NC Playwrights Lab). Tamara’s new musical AWAY HOME, is in development with Honest Pint Theatre.

Along with Aurelia Belfield, Tamara leads a yearlong lab for aspiring audio dramatists. She also leads Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ rooms, Public Works events, and Creative Accountability Groups. Tamara is a co-founder and playwright for the YA theatre company Curious Theatre Collective.

Tamara has been a panelist, workshop leader, or speaker at the National Women’s Theatre Festival, HOME BREW, Triangle ArtWorks Lunch & Learn, Dramatist Guild NC, Beltline to Broadway, Justice Theatre Project, Musical Theatre Factory (MTFxR), UNC Humanities, and North Carolina Writers Network.
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