Faculty Profile:
Jennifer Tarver



Credits in this year's Festival:

2019 - Acting & Scenes Instructor
2019 - Director: Theatre Scenes Extravaganza

First year on Faculty at NUOVA


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Working internationally in both theatre and opera for over 25 years Jennifer was born in New York City where she trained as a classical musician before settling in Toronto in 1999. She has directed for the major theatre companies of the region including The Tarragon, Canadian Stage Company, Nightwood Theatre, and five seasons at the Stratford Festival. Jennifer’s work in the United States includes “Krapp’s Last Tape” at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and “Hedda Gabler” at Hartford Stage in Connecticut.Leading the Residency Program at The Theatre Centre in Toronto from 2004-2012, she mentored over 30 dance, opera and theatre companies in the creation of original work. Jennifer worked extensively with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre as director of many contemporary opera productions, and was the Director of the Opera Studio at the Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona, Italy from 2007-2009. From 2013-2019 Jennifer was the Artistic Director of Necessary Angel Theatre Company. With Necessary Angel, Jennifer directed and developed What Makes a Man (2014), Hedda Gabbler (2014), It Comes in Waves (2015), All but Gone (2016), A City (2016), Party Game (2017), and the Canadian premiere of Caryl Churchill’s, Escaped Alone, in a co-production with Soulpepper in the fall of 2018.She has taught and directed productions for the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Toronto, the National Theatre School of Canada, Ryerson University, George Brown College, Sheridan College and York University.