Dara Homer

Dara Homer

Dara is a writer and advocate with a background in leadership development and education. She graduated with honors from Columbia University, completing a degree in English and Comparative Literature focused on contemporary drama. While at Columbia, she was selected for the Oxbridge Scholars Program and a theatre education internship with The 52nd Street Project. Teach for America brought her to Oklahoma, where she was a founding member of the inclusion council at CAP Tulsa and co-founded the Gay-Straight Alliance at the high school where she taught English. She also worked in operations at a nonprofit organization that identifies and connects leaders in the greater Tulsa community. Dara currently works at the Good Food Institute, where she plans and writes donor communications to inspire GFI's global community of supporters. She is a member of the Sentient Media Writers' Collective and has mentored with Magnify Mentoring and the Odyssey Mentoring Program. Dara serves on the board of DC Veg Week, an organization working to increase compassion toward animals in Washington DC.




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Review: MACBETH at Shakespeare Theatre Company
Review: MACBETH at Shakespeare Theatre Company
April 15, 2024

STC’s Macbeth highlights brutal pairs: war and domestic life, grief and humor, brief words and permanent consequences. While the setting could feel unassuming—indeed, audiences must make their way through the parking lot of a Home Depot when arriving via metro—it also shows how extravagant it is to create a theatre space from scratch. This over-the-top, hollowed-out aesthetic fits the world of the play, where titles and status belie a fear of impermanence. Combined with raw, vulnerable performances, this is a powerful take on the timeless tragedy.

Review: AT THE WEDDING at Studio Theatre
Review: AT THE WEDDING at Studio Theatre
March 18, 2024

At the Wedding is a comedy with tragedy sprinkled in like celebratory confetti that proves difficult to clean up once dispersed. It tries to squeeze in a lot of different ideas, tones, and resonances into barely over an hour. Not all of it lands, but there are seriously funny moments mixed in with the ones that fall flat–and in a story about messy resilience, the unevenness sometimes works.

Review: THE CHAMELEON at Theater J
Review: THE CHAMELEON at Theater J
October 17, 2023

Superheroes are larger than life, and so is the family at the heart of Jenny Rachel Weiner’s new play, The Chameleon. The story revolves around a series of wrenching decisions for actor Riz, as she’s poised to start filming her breakout role at age 39 in a new superhero franchise.

Review: FUN HOME at Studio Theatre
Review: FUN HOME at Studio Theatre
July 3, 2023

Fun Home made history by opening the door for a more queer future for musical theatre—and Studio Theatre’s production presents every character’s humanity and each meticulously crafted beat with intensity and grace.

Review: THE JUNGLE at Shakespeare Theatre Company's Harman Hall
Review: THE JUNGLE at Shakespeare Theatre Company's Harman Hall
April 2, 2023

The Jungle focuses on the experiences of a community of migrants in a real encampment in Calais and was inspired by the playwrights’ work at the actual camp. From its rich design to its phenomenal ensemble company, The Jungle is a wrenching, one-of-a-kind performance that shouldn’t be missed.

Review: THE PASSION OF MARY CARDWELL DAWSON at The Kennedy Center
Review: THE PASSION OF MARY CARDWELL DAWSON at The Kennedy Center
January 22, 2023

Inspired by the true story of the founder and director of the National Negro Opera Company, The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson packs untold history, outstanding vocal talent, and intensity fit for its title into a short 70 minutes.

Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at Signature Theatre
Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at Signature Theatre
August 25, 2022

The Color Purple is a musical about survival, resilience, and healing. With direction by Timothy Douglas and music direction by Mark G. Meadows, Signature Theatre takes the show’s life-affirming heartbeat to a joyful fever pitch with a beautifully executed production propelled by a truly exceptional cast.

Review: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DR. WONDERFUL (AND HER DOG!) at The Keegan Theatre
Review: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DR. WONDERFUL (AND HER DOG!) at The Keegan Theatre
July 10, 2022

Science is everything and everywhere in The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!, a bubbly musical for children at The Keegan Theatre that takes audiences on a pillow-fort spaceship journey. With a book and lyrics by Lauren Gunderson and music by Bree Lowdermilk, this show packs a punch of educational material and hummable melodies.

BWW Review: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare Theatre Company
BWW Review: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at Shakespeare Theatre Company
March 27, 2022

The Merchant of Venice is traditionally categorized as a comedy, but the character of Shylock anchors one of Shakespeare’s most maddening tragic arcs. Here, Shylock is played by the magnificent John Douglas Thompson, whose powerful interpretations of the character's frank yet contorted appeals for justice make this production unmissable.

BWW Review: CINDERELLA at Synetic Theater
BWW Review: CINDERELLA at Synetic Theater
December 6, 2021

The story of Cinderella has been told and retold around the world countless times, from its probable origins in Egypt to the Brothers Grimm version to dozens of film and TV renditions. Synetic Theater’s adaptation transcends boundaries of age and language by presenting a wordless version of the classic story designed to charm children and adults.

BWW Review: DORRANCE DANCE at The Kennedy Center
BWW Review: DORRANCE DANCE at The Kennedy Center
December 5, 2021

Dorrance Dance notes on their website that “tap dance is a subversive form.” The radical delight, playfulness, and palpable trust between the members of the Dorrance Dance company feels beautifully subversive in another holiday season of covid anxiety, distancing, and skepticism. What better time, then, for Dorrance Dance to share tap dancing with the next generation and celebrate its legacy of resilience and joy in the face of adversity.

COME FROM AWAY: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial
COME FROM AWAY: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial
September 14, 2021

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall was lined with lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and the surrounding lawns were packed with thousands of people eagerly awaiting a performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. These outdoor theatergoers were gathered to see a free one-night-only concert production of the Tony-winning musical Come From Away, a work that invites us to process unthinkable tragedy through storytelling and song.

BWW Review: A WIND IN THE DOOR at the Kennedy Center
BWW Review: A WIND IN THE DOOR at the Kennedy Center
September 6, 2021

The Kennedy Center's Performances for Young Audiences season is back, and it kicked off with a world premiere adaptation of the young adult fantasy classic A Wind in the Door. The whirlwind performance brings the novel's unique blend of sci-fi and whimsical poetry to life.

BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Theatre Tulsa
BWW Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Theatre Tulsa
May 6, 2021

If Theatre Tulsa weren’t already a wellspring of stellar live performances, I would consider encouraging them to go into the movie business.

BWW Review: MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET at Signature Theatre
BWW Review: MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET at Signature Theatre
May 1, 2021

Midnight at The Never Get begins as a cabaret act that transforms into a love story and concludes as a meditation on the way we grieve our past selves. The entire show takes place in a 1960s nightclub where things are not quite as they seem: the star of the act, singer Trevor Copeland (Sam Bolen, who also co-conceived the show), has died, and he's chosen to spend his afterlife inside a cabaret of songs and stories. We are the audience to Trevor's memories as he takes us on a journey through a chapter of his past in which he performed in a nightclub routine with the love of his life, songwriter Arthur Brightman (Christian Douglas).

BWW Review: The Orbit Initiative's Hamlet
BWW Review: The Orbit Initiative's Hamlet
June 12, 2020

Traditionalists might lament the transition of an ancient art form to the medium of a glowing rectangle. However, we all must come to terms with the fact that this is theatre in the age of covid-19, whether we long for the buzz of packed houses or not. The Orbit Initiative has stretched the boundaries of what it means to create truly equitable productions, and in doing so, they have provided a potential solution to the paradox of performing live while socially-distanced.

BWW Review: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at Theatre Tulsa
BWW Review: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at Theatre Tulsa
February 20, 2020

If you've seen American family dramas, you've already seen arguments erupt around the dinner table, secrets whispered in dark corners, and pontification from oblivious patriarchs - but in August: Osage County, playwright Tracy Letts makes a bid for the most grand and outrageous possible rendering of these tropes. How wonderful then for Tulsa audiences that his play is set just a few miles from home, near Pawhuska, OK: while it takes a few scenes to become acquainted with the prickly Weston family, we can't help but be immediately understanding of their plains-induced malaise.

BWW Review: THE NOSTALGIA WILL EAT ITSELF at Heller Theatre Company
BWW Review: THE NOSTALGIA WILL EAT ITSELF at Heller Theatre Company
January 24, 2020

It's rare to discover a new play that's so topical yet unexpected that any complete description of its merits might spoil the experience for future audiences. The Nostalgia Will Eat Itself, by native Tulsan John Fisher, doesn't just provide suspense, but also a healthy dose of self-awareness, humor, understated insight, and humility.

BWW Review: LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE at World Stage Theatre Company
BWW Review: LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE at World Stage Theatre Company
November 19, 2019

Clothes can be incredibly evocative, especially for women, and the play Love, Loss, and What I Wore explores this idea with great playfulness and depth. The production at World Stage Theatre Company that closed this past weekend was a testament to the female capacity to overcome adversity and the ability of an ensemble cast to inspire a sense of sisterhood on stage.

BWW Review: THE DEATHS OF SYBIL BOLTON at Heller Theatre Company
BWW Review: THE DEATHS OF SYBIL BOLTON at Heller Theatre Company
November 14, 2019

The mission of Heller Theatre Company is to present original theatre pieces that 'raise awareness and open minds through art' - and this production proves that they are absolutely a company to watch out for in Tulsa's dynamic theatre landscape. The one-act play packs in a great deal of information and character exploration in its short 90 minutes.



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