Meeting the team

Jatinder Verma Artistic Director

Jatinder is one of the co-founders of Tara. Born in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, he grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, arriving in Britain as part of the "Asian Exodus" on 14 February 1968.

He studied at Spencer Park comprehensive school in Wandsworth, and then at York & Sussex Universities. He directed Tara's inaugural show - an adapation of Tagore's Sacrifice at Battersea Arts Centre in August 1977. 

In 1989, Jatinder became the first Asian or Black director at the National Theatre, where he staged his own adaptation of Molière's Tartuffe.

Jatinder has contributed a variety of published assays on theatre, as well as presented a range of programmes for radio and TV. He is the author of the children's book, Prince of Fire. He also wrote, with Claudia Mayer, a three-part dramatisation of The Mahabharata for BBC Radio 4 (first broadcast in 2007).

Led the renovation of Tara’s home in south London to create Britain’s first multicultural theatre, fusing Edwardian brick and Indian wood to create a distinctive "Binglish" theatre building. Opened in September 2016.

Jatinder has recieved Honorary Doctorates from De Montfort Leicester, Exeter & York universities, a Research Fellowship from Rose Bruford College as well as an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

In 2017, he was awarded an MBE for Tara Arts and services to diversity in the Arts.

 

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