Tara Mallen

An actor, director, producer and the Artistic Director at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Tara was most recently on stage as "Della" in the Midwest premiere of The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter for which she was honored with a 2017 Joseph Jefferson Award for "Best Actor". Other recent stage credits include Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer prize winning play, Sweat at Arena Stage; the world premiere productions of Look, we are breathing and The Firebird’s Take the Field, and Rasheeda Speaking at Rivendell; Steppenwolf’s How Long Will I Cry: Stories of Youth Violence written by Chicago Journalist Miles Harvey. She was part of the ensemble in Rivendell’s World Premiere, Jeff nominated production of The Walls and played Jolene Palmer (inspired by the true-life story of Aileen Wuornos) in Rivendell’s award winning production of Self Defense, or the death of some salesmen -- both productions part of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Visiting Theater Initiative. She received a Joseph Jefferson award for “Supporting Actress” for her portrayal of Gwenyth in WRENS as part of that production’s Jeff-winning ensemble. Tara is the proud recipient of a 2017 “3Arts Award” for her work in Chicago as a theatre artist.

Screen credits include The Last Shift (Sony Pictures); Empire (Fox); Boss (Starz); Chicago Fire (NBC); Doubt (CBS/Sony Pictures pilot); Controversy (Fox Pilot); Chicago P.D. (NBC) and Sense8 (Netflix Original seriesand Steven Soderbergh’s film Contagion.

Tara co-conceived and directed the critically acclaimed World Premiere of Women At War, a theatrical exploration of women in today’s military that played to sold out houses in the fall of 2014 and is now touring throughout the midwest. She directed the Jeff nominated Midwest premieres of The Electric Baby by Stefanie Zadravec, 26 Miles (in co-production with Teatro Vista); Fighting Words by Sunil Kuruvilla; Psalms of a Questionable Nature by Marisa Wegerzyn; and the co-production of Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue with Stageworks/Hudson in Hudson, New York.  

Location Chicago
Union SAG/AFTRA
Union 2 Equity
Height 5'3"
Hair Auburn
Eyes Blue