Tara Lynne Barr (born October 2, 1993 in Orange County, California) is an American teen actress. She has appeared in a number of films, on television, in music videos and commercials, as well as performed extensively on stage.
As the children of working parents, Tara and her older sister, Erin, began their association with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley in Southern California's Orange County at very young ages for before- and after-school care. When the Huntington Valley Boys and Girls Clubs started their Clubhouse Theatre program, Erin was quick to sign up, first performing in a production of How to Eat Like a Child (written by Delia Ephron). After watching her big sister perform, Tara caught the acting bug.
In 2001, when she was just seven, Tara auditioned for the Clubhouse Theatre production of Toy Camp. She was cast in the role of "Ted E. Bear", and her acting career began. Over the next three years, Tara performed in ten children's theater productions, and declared at age nine that she needed an agent so she could move on to movie and television projects. The theater remains one of her passions.
Her first professional acting experience came in 2004, when she appeared in the Hallmark Channel original movie, Love's Enduring Promise, directed by Michael Landon, Jr.. Following that, she was featured in several other films and television shows, notably appearing as the "Jump Roping Girl" in the season 2 premiere of Joan of Arcadia (2004), and as the tragically murdered child "Sally Yates" in Crossing Jordan's fourth season episode Murder in the Rue Morgue (2005).
Since then, Tara has filmed the award-winning short period piece We All Fall Down, starring Carly Schroeder, and the multiple award-winning dark comedy short, Road Kill, produced by Tom Arnold, and starring Sean Whalen and Steve Kehela, which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2005 New York City Horror Film Festival. She has also appeared in National commercials for L.L. Bean Outerwear and Uncle Ben's Ready Rice, starred in episodes of Drake and Josh and Zoey 101 for Nickelodeon, and appeared as the host of Encore Channel's Fear Fest: 31 Nights of Horror. Tara can currently be seen as the recurring character "Haley" on Disney's The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, and appeared on Disney Channel's 3 Minute Game Show.
Tara also continues to perform regularly on Southern California stages, and has added to her resume starring roles in "The Diary of Anne Frank", "Annie", "Little Women", and the role of Alice in the world premiere of "Wonderland", written and directed by John Blaylock. She most recently appeared in Peter Pan with 3D Theatricals at the OC Pavilion.
|2008||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||"Benchwarmers"||Haley Grille|
|2007||Disney Channel's 3 Minute Game Show||"High School Musical 2 Edition"||Herself|
|2007||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||"Summer of Our Discontent"||Haley Grille|
|2006||Zoey 101||"Lola Likes Chase"||Sandy Baldwin|
|2006||Drake & Josh||"Megan's New Teacher"||Katie|
|2005||Crossing Jordan||"Murder in the Rue Morgue"||Sally Yates|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||"Only Connect"||Jump Roping Girl|
Other Notable Television and Film Works
Barr starred opposite Sean Whalen in the dark comedy short Road Kill, which won the 2005 Audience Choice Award at the New York City Horror Film Festival and appeared as the host of Encore Channel's Fear Fest: 31 Nights of Horror (2005).
Notable Stage Work
|2009||Peter Pan||Lost Boys Twin||3D Theatricals |
|2009||Caught in the Net||Vicki Smith||Long Beach Playhouse|
|2009||Fifth of July||Shirley Talley||Long Beach Playhouse|
|2008||Wait Until Dark||Gloria||Long Beach Playhouse|
|2008||The Diary of Anne Frank||Anne Frank||Cypress Civic Theatre|
|2007||Little Women||Jo March||Young Stars Theatre|
|2006||Wonderland (Original Cast)||Alice||Broadway on Tour|
|2006||Annie (musical)||Annie||Clubhouse Theatre|
Barr has donated her time over the past several years to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley as a performer/presenter for a variety of functions, and was a celebrity youth presenter at the 6th annual OMNI Youth Music/Actor Awards. held on May 11, 2008 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.