Tara Jepsen is an actor and writer living in Los Angeles, California. She recently filmed a featured role in season two of Amazon’s award-winning series Transparent. She and longtime collaborator Beth Lisick created, wrote and acted in original web series Rods and Cones, released by Jill Soloway and Rebecca Odes’s Wifey.tv September 2014. Rods and Cones was named one of Flavorwire’s 25 Best Series/Creators of 2014. Tara has written and performed original sketch comedy with Lisick throughout the U.S. since 1999. They have appeared at Dixon Place in NYC, at San Francisco’s Sketchfest, at the UCB in Los Angeles, and myriad additional venues as themselves and as characters.
Tara appears in several short films, including an upcoming untitled project from director Devon Kirkpatrick (2015), artist Stanya Kahn‘s 2014 piece “Don’t Go Back to Sleep” (which showed at Susanne Vielmetter Gallery in Los Angeles), “Tick Tock for Ding Dongs” (2013, dir. Jed Bell), “Sinking State” (2011, dir. Frazer Bradshaw), and “Diving for Pearls” (dirs. Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen). She appears in an as-yet-unnamed video project by artist Harry Dodge, to be released sometime in 2015. She’s playing a role in Kara Herold’s feature 39 1/2, currently in production. She also has a small part in Jessie Kahnweiler’s new web series, The Skinny. Which also stars the gorgeous Illeana Douglas, who said on-set, “One minute you’re working with Scorsese, the next minute you’re making a web series in Atwater Village.” What is she, amazing?
Tara has a novel called “Shut Your Hole” (just kidding I haven’t named it yet) coming out on the Sister Spit imprint of City Lights Publishers in fall of 2016!!! She has also been published by the Believer, xojane.com, and by the SF Weekly, among others. Tara has toured and performed extensively with seminal queer cabaret Sister Spit since 1997. She co-hosted legendary San Francisco open mic K’vetsh at a gay men’s bath house for over ten years.
Tara has performed stand-up comedy at various small/indie venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
photo by Tammy Rae Carland