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Tamara Micner

I am a freelance journalist and playwright who lives in London and grew up in Vancouver. I write about politics with a focus on gender, immigration, environmental and Jewish issues (and intersections between them). I think storytelling, through journalism or theatre, can be a powerful way to advocate for progressive change and to show and explore how other worlds could be possible.

I have freelanced as a playwright, journalist and sometimes editor since 2011. Before that I did a Master’s degree in European Literature & Culture at Cambridge, where my first two plays (Fantasmagoriana and What You’re Missing) were initially staged. I also studied English Language & Literature at Yale, with a concentration in non-fiction and playwriting, and worked in Communications at Google in California and Toronto.

As a journalist, I write for The Canary, Christian Science Monitor, Prospect Magazine, London Review of Books, VICE, Forward, Tablet and others.

As a playwright, I’ve developed both scripted and devised plays, sometimes using verbatim text from real people’s stories. I’m currently developing a play with ITSAZOO Productions and the Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver. My previous project, A Secret Life (2016 Wandsworth Arts Fringe / Theatre503), looked at the experience of being a teenager in the past and the present through a grandmother and granddaughter. Audiences followed the older character through the London area of Battersea, hearing her inner thoughts and memories and a dialogue with her granddaughter inside a pub, through a custom-built app on their smartphones. The play was developed with Baseless Fabric Theatre based on interviews and workshops with older and young Londoners about adolescence.

I also speak French and Spanish in addition to English, and a bit of Greek, Hebrew, Italian and Dutch. (I’m working on it.)

You can see more of my work on this website, and get in touch with any questions or responses.

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