Artist Bio

Jennifer Tarver

(Bio as of January 2010)

Jennifer Tarver most recently collaborated with the Goodman on Krapp’s Last Tape during the 2009/2010 Season. Originally from New York, Ms. Tarver is based in Toronto and works internationally in both opera and theater. She has been directing at Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival for the past three years, where her works include Krapp’s Last Tape with Brian Dennehy, Zastrozzi and the world premiere of George F. Walker’s King of Thieves. Canadian premieres include Crave at Nightwood Theatre, Thom Pain (based on nothing) at Tarragon Theatre and Ines, a contemporary Fado opera at Queen of Puddings Music Theatre. Her own works as adaptor/creator include Not Faust, History Play and the award-winning She’s Gone Away with choreographer Susanna Hood. She has directed opera at The Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto, including The Rape of Lucretia, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, The Magic Flute, The Turn of the Screw and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Canadian honors include Best Director 2007 in Now Magazine and both the John Hirsch Director’s Award and the 2006 Pauline McGibbon Award in Directing. Her composition of Beckett plays, That Time—Five Beckett Shorts, garnered eight Dora Award nominations and four wins, including Best Director and Best Production. She is currently in development with a new work based on Calderón’s Life is a Dream.