As Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd, Tamara’s productions have been recognised nationally, and the venue a finalist in the UK award for the top regional theatre. In 2018 she also directed the world premiere of Home I’m Darling which has now transferred to the West End.
Being nominated and winning a Womenspire Award in 2019 was an almost embarrassing experience, given the extraordinary women I was nominated alongside.
Which is not to say it wasn’t pleasant – it is of course amazing to be recognised for doing the work I love and feel passionate about, and for trying to make it more possible for those with caring responsibilities to work in the arts. But to sit in the beautiful St Fagans on the evening itself, hearing story after story of triumph against the odds, of inspiration, of perspiration – of women putting others first, inventing new ways of looking at the world and new ways of navigating it – only served to make me feel I should do more, strive more, work harder to be a role model and create even clearer pathways for the women who will lead cultural organisations in Wales in the future.
My favourite moment though?
Walking through the sunlit gardens of St Fagans, surrounded almost entirely by brilliant women taking a moment from their fantastically busy lives to laugh and talk and celebrate all that they had achieved. Heaven.