The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts announced today that Tamara Bernier Evans, currently the Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre, will join the Academy as Artistic Director in September 2016. Tamara Bernier Evans succeeds Darlene Spencer, who served as Artistic Director for seven years and stepped down in August 2016 to relocate to the U.S.and pursue career opportunities.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tamara to the Randolph Academy,” said George C. Randolph, Jr., founder and president of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. “This is a pivotal time for the Academy, as we approach our 25th anniversary. Tamara possesses an impressive breadth of experience and skills, and will be an asset to our community. We are confident she will not only build on the legacies of her predecessors, but also carve out her own path to ensuring the School’s continued success.”
Reflecting on her new role, Bernier Evans said, "I am very excited to begin this new journey at Randolph. I feel as though my entire career has led me here - so that I might have an opportunity to share my professional experience with students and to contribute to an already wonderful program that helps prepare those students for a successful career in the performing arts."
Tamara Bernier Evans began her acting career at the Stratford Festival of Canada working in the Young Company before going on to perform lead roles in the main company. Since then, she has performed at Tarragon Theatre (Mimi), Necessary Angel (Seven Lears and It’s All True), Nightwood Theatre (Anything That Moves), Theatre Aquarius (The House of Blue Leaves and M. Butterfly), Canadian Stage (Proof and Outrageous), The National Arts Centre in Ottawa (The Wrong Son), and Theatre Calgary (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), as well as played a lead role in the hit musical Mamma Mia! in Toronto, Las Vegas and on Broadway.
After spending some time in Los Angeles, she returned to Toronto and became the Artistic Producer and a Founding Artist of Theatre 20, a position she held until July 2011 when she won a lead role in the Toronto production of War Horse. Her television acting credits include a recurring role on Murdoch Mysteries (Aunt Azalea), and roles on Flashpoint, Republic of Doyle and The Border. As a voice artist, Tamara has recorded over 30 commercials and played recurring roles on the animated series Braceface (Mom), Ace Lightning (Lady Illusion), Timothy Goes to School (Mom), Maggie and the Ferocious Beast (Mavis the singing cow), Wolverine and the X-Men (Mystique) as well as roles on Cyberchase (Mermaid) and The Berenstain Bears (Coach). While in LA, she worked on the films The Breakup, Catch and Release, and The Invasion, among others.
In 2014/15, she served as a member of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards jury for the Touring, Musical Theatre and Opera division.
She has directed workshops at the Stratford Festival of Canada, for Theatre 20, and at George Brown College, among others. She will be directing a Mainspace production of Midsummer: A Play with Songs at Tarragon Theatre in April 2017 with Richard Rose. Tamara has written a musical play entitled Beholden which was workshopped for the FUSE new play series at Theatre Calgary. She also released a CD of original music entitled Brand New Remedy.
In 2015/16, Tamara was the Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre.
She earned a BFA Honours in Theatre Performance at York University and has completed nine years of piano performance and three years of music history and harmony at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.