© 2014 by Tara Henderson

A Jersey girl, born and bred, Tara began singing in her church choir and performing in church pageants when she was in pre-school.  She saw her first Broadway show at the age of 7, and was captivated by the fact that you make a life doing what you love, so she told her mother "that's what I want to do when I grow up," and she never looked back.

 

Growing up, Tara took every opportunity to be on stage. From choirs, to school plays, to dance recitals, to community theatre, she was always looking for ways to do what she loved and gain experience.  This included forcing her cousins and her dog Belle to perform in family productions at every holiday gathering, in which Tara wrote and directed shows, where she just happened to always have the lead role.

 

As she grew older, she began studying and refining her talents, always looking to be her personal best.  She attended Montclair State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting, with a minor in musical theatre, graduating magna cum laude. During her time in college, Tara spent a summer abroad, studying at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, under the tutelage of Mark Rylance and Giles Block. Her first summer after college, Tara worked with the College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod. Afterwards, she went on to work with many reputable theatre companies, both regionally and in New York City, including Writers Theatre of NJ, The Women's Theater Company, Centenary Stage Company, Bickford Theater, WorkShop Theater Company, Luna Stage, Theatrefest, Shawnee Playhouse, Shakespeare In The Valley, Thirteenth Street Repertory Company, American Globe Theater, and Metropolitan Playhouse.

 

Tara earned New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominations for her performances as Hero in "Much Ado About Nothing" with the American Bard Theatre Company and her performance as Tottering in "A Christmas Carol:  A New Musical" with the WorkShop Theater Company.  Tara has had lead roles in several independent films, has done featured work on “Law & Order SVU" and filmed an episode of "Joker's Wild", appearing as Princess Catalina, which aired on truTV.