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Tara Houston

Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at LSU and pet parent in Baton Rouge United States

ara A Houston is part of the faculty of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts serving as the Assistant Professor of Scenic Design. Previously, she taught at Stephen F. Austin State University for three years where she designed numerous shows including Skin of Our Teeth, Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Prior to Stephen F Austin, Tara taught at Texas State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. While there, she designed Somebody Called and Titus Andronicus and returned the following school year to design RENT. Before working in education, Tara was the Charge Scenic Artist at Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Music Theatre of Wichita. Before working at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Tara served as a Scenic Design Assistant at the Denver Center Theatre Company. Her design work has been featured at Swine Palace, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Music Theatre of Wichita, the Celebration Company at the Station Theatre, Armory Free Theatre, and others. Her scenic art work has been featured at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Clarence Brown Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Music Theatre of Wichita, and others. After receiving her BFA in Scenic Design and Scenic Art at the University of Arizona, Tara graduated with her MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Illinois. She is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the Guild of Scenic Artists, and the Latinx Theatre Commons. She lives in Baton Rouge with her muttly dog, Obi and on-again-off-again her partner, Eric, who teaches in Texas. Her portfolio website can be found at

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The Obi Project: Lessons about being an artist I learned from my dog

@ VOL 9 ON JUL 27, 2018

Over their 6 year relationship, Tara Houston and her dog have taught each other quite a bit. He knows how to sit, shake, and say 'Hi,' and she knows how to avoid some pitfalls that plagued her prior to her dog-induced lifestyle changes. She's helped him become a snuggly loving dog and he’s helped make her a better artist and educator.

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Baton Rouge @ Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
Jul 27, 2018