Tamara is an Anishinaabe / Ashkenazi multi-disciplinary artist born and raised in Toronto. For over 25 years, her work has spanned across all mediums with such credits as Dance Me Outside, The Rez, Ready or Not, North of 60, Rabbit Fall, Heartland, Cracked, and numerous theatre productions, most notably as a member of the Original Canadian Cast of Rent, as well as playing Maureen in the Broadway Company of Rent. She made her biggest mark in 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival when she received the Special Jury Prize for Acting for her role in Sterlin Harjo’s Four Sheets to the Wind. The same role won her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, which she proudly lost to fellow nominee, Cate Blanchett.
In 2011, Tamara was nominated for a Jessie Theatre Award for her performance in Marie Clements’ play The Edward Curtis Project and in 2012, she returned to the big screen opposite Benjamin Bratt in Anita Doron’s The Lesser Blessed. Her most recent performance in Colleen Wagner’s Governor General Award-Winning play The Monument (dir. Jani Lauzon at Factory Theatre) was hailed as one of the best “10 Best Theatre Productions of 2018” by the Globe and Mail.
Tamara is the writer and story producer of the TV documentary series, Future History, which celebrates the reclamation and revitalization of Indigenous Knowledge. Season Two is currently streaming on CBC Gem. Tamara currently stars in the CBC primetime drama Coroner, as well as the HBO comedy-thriller Run, both set to air in 2020.
2019/20 Season: This Is How We Got Here