Dara Homer grew up reading, writing, and performing in plays and musicals in Miami, Florida, and then left for NYC to attend Columbia University. She graduated cum laude with a degree in English and Comparative Literature, and received Departmental Honors for her senior essay on Hamlet and Angels in America. For her junior year, she was selected for the Oxbridge Scholars Program and spent a year studying at Cambridge University where she wrote a dissertation on Beckett's plays. In Cambridge, she performed in several productions at the ADC Theatre including A Little Night Music and Euripides' Hippolytus. During her time at Columbia, she worked as a Theatre Education Intern for The 52nd Street Project, a non-profit community-based arts organization that brings kids from underserved areas of NYC together with theatre professionals to create free productions for the public. Teach for America brought her to Tulsa, Oklahoma where she currently teaches high school English.
The resistance is alive and well at American Theatre Company this spring: their production of the feminist farce Denim Doves was a masterpiece of modern political theatre. While it was absurd and outright silly at times, the play's web of messages and themes resonated all the more powerfully due to the infusion of humor into an otherwise ominous tale.BWW Review: WAITRESS at Tulsa Performing Arts Center April 19, 2019
The national tour of Waitress, which is running in Tulsa through this weekend at the PAC, is powered by a vibrant female energy, but it is also packed with moments of joy and humor for pie-lovers of all genders. Waitress combines a refreshingly contemporary but accessible score with classic musical theatre influences, both in terms of sound and storytelling. Just as a pie doesn't need to be perfect to be well-worth savoring to the last bite, Waitress is a beautifully imperfect treat, full of sweetness and a cast that you absolutely don't want to miss while they're in town.BWW Interview: Steven Good of WAITRESS March 15, 2019
Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to chat with actor and on-stage doctor Steven Good about his experience on tour with Waitress. The heartfelt new musical with a score bySara Bareilles is opening at the Tulsa PAC in a little over a month. In honor of Pi Day, I'm excited to share this exclusive interview with Mr. Good.BWW Review: MY FAIR LADY at Theatre Tulsa March 5, 2019
Near the end of My Fair Lady, the transformed heroine Eliza Doolittle shares an insight about her experience: 'The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she is treated.' The Theatre Tulsa production that just finished its 2-week run at the Performing Arts Center takes this idea one step further. In their interpretation of My Fair Lady, the difference between a lady and a flower girl also has to do with how she is empowered to treat others and advocate for herself.BWW Review: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at American Theatre Company March 4, 2019
'Art isn't easy.' So sings the great-grandson of Georges Seurat in the second act ofSunday in the Parkwith George. This Pulitzer prize-winning musical, by Broadway titan Stephen Sondheim, is based on a painting: certainly no easy feat to create, even for Sondheim. The production ofSunday in the Park with Georgethat closed last weekend at the American Theatre Company depicted a profound meditation on art-making, building a legacy, and how to relate to others through, and not in spite of, these processes. Sondheim is correct: artisn'teasy. But the talented individuals behind the ATC production could have you fooled.BWW Review: TRUE WEST at OSU Department Of Theatre February 23, 2019
True West tells the story of two brothers whose initially opposing and intermittently intersecting behaviors, ambitions, and anxieties are revealed while house-sitting in Southern California. The crux of the play is this ever-present tension between a superficial realism and a self-referential indulgence of abstract ideas. In OSU's production, young actors present a formidable interpretation of the nuanced characters in this American masterwork.BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Theatre Tulsa January 25, 2019
Theatre Tulsa's Beauty and the Beast is proof that a hardy team of local artists can make Disney magic come to life on stage, and do justice to the beloved source material. The production is an outstanding example of local theatre done well, and itbrings the familiar'tale as old as time' to life with a Disneyfied heart.BWW Review: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION at World Stage Theatre Company December 8, 2018
The mission of the new World Stage Theatre Company in Tulsa is as follows: 'The World Stage Theatre Company gives actors and audiences access to the world by telling multicultural, inspirational, and transformational stories to connect our hearts and minds with people, places, and ideas.' Their production of the play Six Degrees of Separation was a great choice in service of this mission, an auspicious beginning to the company's inaugural season.BWW Review: CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION at American Theatre Company November 28, 2018
In the author's note to her play Circle Mirror Transformation, playwright Annie Baker writes, 'I hope that you will portray these characters with compassion. They are not fools.' American Theatre Company's production ofCircle Mirror Transformation, which recently finished its run at Studio 308, presented an incredibly compassionate and warm depiction of Baker's eclectic cast of characters.THE ORBIT INITIATIVE: by, of and for all people. November 19, 2018
The Orbit Initiative is an ambitious constellation of programs spread out across Tulsa dedicated to helping the city celebrate its differences through theatre and the arts.The Initiative is predicated on the idea that theatre and artistic expression should be 'by, of and for all people.'The program is based on a model originally conceived by the Public Theatre in NYC, and is designed to allow regular people to tell their stories and grow closer together through the process of storytelling.BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Theatre Tulsa September 16, 2018
In Hedwig and the Angry Inch, identity is stubbornly in flux, and yet the show is a testament to the beauty of living outside of and in between categories. Theatre Tulsa's production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a joyous celebration of living beyond boundaries and existing in a theatrical space. The show's metatheatrical frame invites the audience to participate as fans of the titular performer, and Hedwig serves as the narrator for her own story as she shifts between flashback and testimony. She is a self-proclaimed 'internationally ignored song stylist' whose compulsory sex change surgery has left her in a physical state that puts her somewhere in the middle of the gender binary. Hedwig's capacity for inhabiting the space between genders is connected to her skill in linking the onstage world with the world of the audience, and this quality of uncertainty that ultimately reveals authenticity is what makes her the ultimate storyteller.BWW Review: NEWSIES at Theatre Tulsa August 28, 2018
The musical Newsies has a score and book begging to be experienced as big, heartfelt, and lovable, with each anthem about the triumph over adversity more emphatic than the next. This demands a kind of relentless energy from the cast that could easily be lacking in a local production, but Theatre Tulsa comes through with a high-caliber performance of this exhaustingly peppy and upbeat show. BWW Review: HEISENBERG/LUNGS at American Theatre Company August 21, 2018
'Do you find me exhausting but captivating?' This line, from American Theatre Company's production of Heisenberg/Lungs, encapsulates the experience of seeing two striking one-act masterpieces of modern drama back-to-back. With the production of this two-part two-hander, directors Meghan Hurley and Timothy Hunter have demonstrated that Tulsa is equipped with the dramatic chops to do justice to some truly intense pieces of theatre. The plays Heisenberg and Lungs, while separated by only a brief intermission in this production, are entirely discrete works and even have different casts and directors. However, both are by written by contemporary English playwrights and tell the stories of a man and a woman who explore the nature of their relationships and their own place in the world.