Tara Lashan Clinkscales

Class of 2022


Born in Bradenton, Florida, and raised in the cornfields of Indiana. Tara had one of her first life changing experiences seeing “Wicked” with her Late Aunt, she didn’t know an underdog could be a hero. At the theater, She found beauty in the myriad of  ways people’s stories were able to develop.

Then at 10 years old, she moved down south to a small town in North Carolina. Although her time was split between two places, she likes to call both States her home. Because of moving, she grew up shy, but with a vessel full of creativity and a longing to share stories. Junior year of High School she found her power, playing her own magical creature as The Witch in Into the Woods.” And like magic, she could defy gravity too. 

During her time at Carnegie Mellon she has cultivated that power by learning from and embodying dynamic female characters:  Hecuba (Women of Troy), Titania (Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Clara (A Movie Star has to Star in Black and White). She now continues to express herself through writing, directing, and choreographing. She has written and directed her first short film about finding love in your early 20’s “Why Can’t I Sleep?” and choreographed an original piece “The Everlasting Girl.” She will also be playing Sonya in the regional debut of “The Great Comet of 1812!” 

Tara  is excited to continue her career and see what life has to offer her. She hopes to forge a fiery path and inspire others by taking on characters with her heart on her sleeve. She would like the underdogs to know you can harness your power, and be your own Hero.


"WandaVision" by Chuck Hayward and Peter Cameron
Wanda — Tara Lashan Clinkscales, Vision — Jonathan Champion

Tara Lashan Clinkscales – “Hand in Hand” from Kerrigan-Lowdermilk LIVE


Tara Lashan Clinkscales and Cassiel Eatock-Winnik
From "Cat Fight"by Onur Tukel