New York based actress, director and producer, Jean Tafler, has spent much of her career traveling the United States. The range and scope of the roles she has played in contemporary plays, new works, musicals, classical theatre and Shakespeare matches the geographical variety of venues in which she has performed. (The only states she has not traveled to so far are Alaska and Hawaii!)
Counted among her many regional credits are more than 30 Shakespearean productions. She has appeared as Rosalind in As You Like It, Kate in The Taming of The Shrew, Goneril in King Lear, and as Lady Macbeth.
A trained, lyric soprano and versatile musical performer, Jean has played the title role in the musical adaptation of Jane Eyre, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate.
Her New York Credits include Off-Broadway productions at Soho Rep., The Lucille Lortel, Town Hall, The York Theatre, Lamb’s Theatre and with the Protean Theatre Company as well as numerous Off-Off Broadway Productions. She has also worked as an actor and director in several productions with the award winning Theaterworks/USA. She directed The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Stella Adler Studio.
Her film work includes the cult horror classic The Deadly Spawn, as well as The Mind’s Eye, Bullets Over Broadway, and Whiskey School.
Jean is a founding member and Managing Director of Fat Knight Theatre in NYC, www.fatknighttheatre.org. With Fat Knight, Jean produced the award winning ChipandGus at The NY International Fringe Festival , Fringe Encore Series, Centenary Stage, Proctors Theater, and Bridge Street Theatre. She also served as producer for The Summoning at The NY WinterFest Theater Festival in January 2017 and at the SheNYC Summer Theater Festival in July of 2017. At SheNYC The Summoning won Best Production, Best Direction (Emily Lyon) , and Best Actor (Colleen Litchfield). www.SheNYCarts.org