Tamara Micner

I am a playwright and performer, and a journalist and editor, who lives in London and hails from Vancouver, Canada.

The show I’m currently developing is Hineini: Here I Am, in partnership with ITSAZOO Productions and the Chutzpah! Festival. My previous project, A Secret Life (Theatre503 / Wandsworth Arts Fringe), was a digital promenade play about the experience of being a teenager in the past and the present. It included a purpose-built smartphone app, and audiences followed our older character through the London area of Battersea, hearing her inner thoughts and a dialogue with her granddaughter entirely through the app. The play was developed with Baseless Fabric Theatre based on interviews with older and younger Londoners about adolescence.

My other plays include Wink the Other Eye, about the East London music-hall singer Marie Lloyd (Hackney Showroom); What You’re Missing, a dysfunctional-family comedy set in 1970s Vancouver (Chutzpah! Festival / King’s Head Theatre); and Fantasmagoriana, about the scandalous birth of Frankenstein (Edinburgh Fringe). My work has been nominated for Jessie Richardson Awards in Canada, longlisted by the BBC Writersroom Scriptroom, and awarded the Lucy Cavendish College Alumnae Association for Contribution to the Arts. My work has been supported by Arts Council England, the Wakeham Trust and Arvon Foundation.

As a journalist, I have written for Prospect Magazine, The Canary, Christian Science Monitor, London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, VICE, Forward and others. I write about politics with a focus on gender, immigration, environmental and Jewish issues (and intersections between them). I think storytelling, through theatre or journalism, can be a powerful and playful way to advocate for political change and explore how other worlds could be possible.

I studied playwriting and non-fiction as an undergrad at Yale, and started playwriting in earnest during my Master’s degree at Cambridge. I also speak French and Spanish, and a bit of Greek, Hebrew and Dutch.

That’s all for now. You can see more of my work on this website, and get in touch with any questions or responses.

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