At first and last, the hearty welcome.

– William Shakespeare
Macbeth (Act 3, scene 2)

Tara Bradway

Writer | Actor | Scholar


Not your average Jill-of-all-trades. I am a writer, artistic director of a Shakespeare company (contending with what theater looks like during a pandemic), professor, tutor, copyeditor, part-time bookseller, seasonal jam-maker, and dog mom. I even get 7.5 hours of sleep most nights.

In 2017, I earned my PhD in English with a specialization in Shakespeare and performance studies. As the artistic director and a founding member of Adirondack Shakespeare Company, I have lost count of the number of Shakespearean productions in which I have taken part. Favorite roles include Cassius in Julius Caesar, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, and the title roles in Richard II and Hamlet. Since the onset of the pandemic, we produce one socially distanced outdoor performance each summer in partnership with The Sembrich opera museum in Bolton Landing, NY.

I live in upstate New York with my husband, Patrick; our sweet senior mutt, Pippin (17 years young); his tiny brother, Cosmo; and his newest “little” brother, Arrow. We miss our peerless Gus, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Pi Day in 2021.

“This above all; to thine own self be true:
And it must follow as the Night the Day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3, scene 2

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