Hi. I am Tamera Lyn. Born & bred southern charmer, a city girl from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2016, I moved to a big little city that I hadn’t known too much about, taking a job as an apprentice with the theatre company, Portland Playhouse, as a director and an actor. I graduated with honors from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, achieving my Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Performance & Public Relations. I set my sights on the boundless world of a creative as a young, queer black woman. I began to visualize the path I would take to cultivate and maintain my growing perspective as a performer and a filmmaker. I have performed in Skeleton Crew – as Shanita, the world premiere of Wolf Play – as Ash (Artists Repertory Theatre), In The Wake – as Tess (Profile Theatre), Bakkhai – as Bakkhai (Shaking The Tree Theatre), and School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play – as Ama (Portland Center Stage at The Armory). While performing I dug more into my filmmaking craft and produced original work with Sunflower Creations- an artistic company I developed as an undergrad for my senior project. I’m a self-taught cinematographer & editor, using resources that are around me and compiling my toolbox as I progressed. After releasing projects under my solo production, I connected with the creators of the POW Film Festival, where I premiered my short film, Wilted Flowers. Later, I worked with NW Documentary during their summer D.I.Y Documentary course, producing & premiering Keep Portland… Black? I was then fortunate to cross paths with Open Signal Labs during the beginning curation of their Black Filmmakers program. Through OSL, I co-wrote & co-directed the short film Ophe set in Lome, Togo, marking that step as my first international production. As theatre companies began to find ways to bring engagement back to our audience members, I, amongst many others, began to lead the convergence of theatre and film productions as a singular art form. Our goal was to mold inventive ways to invoke the emotion live performance fuels and push that energy through an electronic device. I joined creative teams for productions such as Matter with Portland Playhouse, From These Streets, I Rise with Coho Theatre, and See Me with Artist Repertory Theatre/Mercury Company. I am grateful to have this phenomenal experience working with Mercury Company.
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