Tara received her BFA in drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While in New York, during college and after, Tara trained at the Lee Strasberg Institute, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, and the Atlantic Theater Company. She performed at a variety of small theaters like Grove Street Playhouse (A Christmas Carol) and HERE theatre (Mtoto Wazuri) in Soho.
In Chicago, Tara performed with a number of theater companies including Second City (Godshow), Griffin Theatre Company (Shake Your Groove Thing, Judas' Mother), Metropolis Performing Arts Center (Cabaret), and Factory Theater (Toast of the Town). She is an original member of the sketch comedy group Eclectic Muse (Chicago Sketchfest 2001-2004, Sketch Therapy).
A few years later, while pursuing her master's at Georgetown University, as part of her thesis, Tara wrote the one-woman show, “What’s a Girl to do When It’s Time to Put Down the Drink?” It premiered at Georgetown University in April 2008 and was directed by Laura Brienza. They had so much fun the first time they did a full production at H St Playhouse in Washington, DC, in February 2009. Following that production "What's a Girl to do..." was renamed "Drunk with Hope in Chicago." Since that time, Tara has performed "Drunk with Hope in Chicago" in theater festivals in New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Chicago. It has also been featured at many conferences, recovery-related events, and treatment centers.