Shoshanah Tarkow (she/her) is a New York based theatre director, educator, and multimedia artist. Shoshanah received her BFA in Theatre Studies from Adelphi University and her MA in Performance Studies from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Shoshanah is an adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre at Adelphi University, where she teaches Scene Study, Stanislavski, Viewpoints, and Laban techniques. Additionally, Shoshanah has developed a series of interactive experiences for Adelphi University: an augmented reality poetry scavenger hunt and a virtual election simulator. In the Fall of 2022, Shoshanah collaborated with artists at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Little Amal Walks New York, to create an opportunity for Adelphi students to engage with the Amal puppet. Most recently, Shoshanah created an original theatre piece with the Adelphi University first-year acting students called UNBOXING which explored hope, curiosity, and the paradoxes of both Pandora’s Box and Schrodinger’s Cat.

Shoshanah is currently a teaching artist with TADA! Youth Theater where she works with performers ages 4-18. For the past two summers Shoshanah has served as Associate Artistic Director of Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton, New Hampshire.

Shoshanah has been an associate with ViDCo (Virtual Design Collective) since January 2021. In that capacity, Shoshanah has served as Artistic Project Manager for Geffen Stayhouse's world premiere of Jared Mezzocchi's SOMEONE ELSE’S HOUSE; and assisted with virtual and hybrid productions for BAM, Ars Nova, and TheaterWorks Hartford. Additionally, Shoshanah has had the honor of working on the virtual filming for seasons 2 & 3 of Paula Vogel’s Bard at the Gate. Outside of her work with ViDCo, Shoshanah has worked professionally as a projection designer, video editor, and multimedia consultant for theatre companies in and around the New York area.

Shoshanah’s work exists in the interstices between science, technology, human connectivity, and art. Modeling her artistic practice after Karen Barad’s idea of “diffractive reading”, Shoshanah creates theatrical experiences which activate and embody dense scientific concepts through imaginative and fact-based narrative storytelling. One example of this is when Shoshanah was commissioned to write and direct an original mini-musical about human connectivity and quantum mechanics for Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton, New Hampshire.

Growing up, Shoshanah loved museums and other interactive, hands-on learning environments. As an artist, she aims to create the kind of experiences that would have captivated her as a child. One example of this is when Shoshanah was commissioned by Adelphi University to make an interactive experience for the Walt Whitman Centennial Celebration on Long Island. She partnered with an augmented reality app called Wallame to create an AR poetry scavenger hunt around the University campus. Participants were invited to follow a virtual map to collect lines of text from ‘Leaves of Grass.’

When the COVID pandemic shut down most theatres and arts institutions, Shoshanah enthusiastically embraced the new landscape of digital theatre making. Choosing to focus on the shutdown as an opportunity for innovation, Shoshanah worked with like minded collaborators on creating new forms of theatrical storytelling. Shoshanah is passionate about continuing to push boundaries, challenging normative assumptions, and inventing novel modes of making theatre.

Fun fact: Shoshanah is one of the 0.01% of the global population to ever complete a full-length (140.6 mile) Ironman Triathlon (December 2019, Western Australia)!