BiographyTara Goldstein is a professor, critical ethnographer and playwright in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto, where she is pursuing a teaching and research program in performed ethnography around issues of gender and sexuality at school.
Tara is also the Founding and Artistic Director of Gailey Road Productions, a theatre company that produces her performed ethnographies and research-informed theatre.
Tara’s historical drama Lost Daughter won the 2005 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Contest and was produced by Gailey Road at the 2008 Toronto Fringe Festival. Harriet's House, a performed ethnography about a transnationally adoptive LGBTQ family, was produced at Hart House Theatre in July 2010, and has been published as part of her book Staging Harriet's House: Writing and Producing Research-Informed Theatre (Peter Lang 2012). Ana's Shadow, the sequel to Harriet's House, was recently published as one of the three research-based plays in an anthology called Zero Tolerance and Other Plays (Sense Publishers 2013).
Tara's latest book Teaching Gender and Sexuality at School: Letters to Teachers addresses a full range of issues facing LGBTQ students and families at elementary and secondary school. The book includes "The Unicorn Glossary" by benjamin lee hicks and the verbatim play Out at School by Tara, Jenny Salisbury and Pam Baer. Out at School will be performed at the Toronto Pride Festival in June 2019
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
gender and sexuality in school
Published: Sep 17, 2017 by Teaching Education Journal
Authors: Goldstein. T., Koecher, A., Baer, P., and hicks, b.l.
This paper examines how parent advocacy and teacher allyship played an important role in supporting six-year-old Violet Addley’s (a pseudonym) gender transition in elementary school.
By: Tara Goldstein
Book Launch for Teaching Gender and Sexuality at School: Letters to Teachers
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street (St George subway)
March 5, 2019