I'm Jara ( like "Sara", but with a "J" ) I'm an AEA actor, singer-songwriter, playwright, and producer currently residing in NYC. A graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Theatre, I'm also an award-winning solo performance artist, having written, starred in and produced two critically successful one man shows (Ghost on a Stick and King of the Hobos.)
My type: a combination of the Cowardly Lion and Sweeney Todd. Deeply playful, but also capable of intense, heart-stopping power. Having played Richard III, eight-year old boys, redneck child pageant dads, Giusseppe Zangara, pigs, Claudius, Mr. Tumnus, and Admiral Ackbar (to name a few), I delight in the silly and somber.
At the heart of it, I'm a well-spoken fool who peddles odes and nonsense.
I'll elaborate on those two words (odes) and (nonsense) further. For now, let's just say that everything - my work as an actor, a poet, a singer-songwriter, a playwright, and a solo performance artist - is driven by an ardent desire to be passionate and precise (even if the subject matter makes no sense at first)
I believe there's only two reasons why one does anything: Either in response to something else, or because the wires have just crossed each other, and you're doing the best you can with the language you have and the madness in your heart.