Thursday, July 18, 2024

20 questions with Tamara McCarthy

Meet Vancouver-based director Tamara McCarthy.

Tamara next directs the Naked Goddess Productions presentation of Neil Labute’s In a Forest, Dark and Deep at the Havana Theatre on May 20-30. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Visit for more information.

Meet Tamara McCarthy

Born on New Year’s Eve, Tamara McCarthy narrowly missed being the first baby of the year and getting the keys to the city, along with nabbing the front page of the newspaper. Undaunted, Tamara has been seeking to avenge her fates ever since, seeking a life in the limelight. A middle child, Tamara has worked hard to claw her way to the top. “In a Forest, Dark and Deep” marks Tamara’s second foray with Naked Goddess Productions; the first one being “Three Chicks In a Tub”, which took place entirely in a real bathroom. Five Jessie nominations later, Tamara is a sought after director and actor, with future projects including “Scratch” with Plexus Theatre and directing “James and the Giant Peach” with Chemainus Theatre, ensuring her calendar is fully booked up until her next birthday…

20 Questions with Tamara McCarthy

1. Your first job.

Burger King, which turned me into a vegetarian pretty darn quickly.

2. The job you always wanted as a child.


3. Your pet peeve.

Where do I start? I feel like I have a lot but the first one that comes to mind is tailgaters.

4. Your hero.

My 4 1/2 year old son Lucas.

5. Your biggest indulgence.

Red wine.

6. One thing no one knows about you.

I’m too much of a blabbermouth to have secrets!

7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

My son, my husband and my dog.

8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.


9. If you were not an actor what would you be doing right now?

I’m directing this show so I’m fortunate to do both.

10. Hero or villain.


11. Your life’s motto/mantra.

Everything happens for a reason.

12. Your favourite playwright?

Right now, two of my favourite playwrights are Berni Stapleton and Hanna Moskovitch.

13. The last book you read.

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.

14. If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be and why?

Wile E. Coyote because he was always concocting some master plan and I just loved him when I was little.

15. What will it say on your grave marker?

I’m going to be cremated.

16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Margaret Atwood.

17. Your idea of happiness.

Being able to do what I love.

18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty year old self?

That 40 is going to be here way faster than you think.

19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

My son, Lucas.

20. To be or not to be?


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