|Happenings / Meaningful Things That Happened
February 2024 Update
On April 5th, 2024 Tami Swartz will be performing excerpts from Verdi's Otello as Desdemona with New Jersey Opera Theatre. Details coming soon!
On April 20th, 2024 Goldie Locks and the 3 Bears, an Opera for Children by Adam C J Klein will have its world premiere at the Harrisburg Academy. Tami Swartz directs this production for Harrisburg Opera Assocation. Not the original fairytale by any stretch, this children's opera is about tolerance for being different and embracing one's uniqueness. Tickets are avaiable HERE.
Summer Update 2023
In Tami's own words:" Hello everyone who has been kind enough to stop by my site. For the last couple of years I have been busy casting, producing, promoting, composing, fundraising, and directing videos and live performances for the arts organization that I serve Harrisburg Opera Association. Stop over by HOA's website to check out the latest concert I'm working on, which is our annual free, educational outreach concert - Opera in the Park. This year's theme is Make 'Em Laugh which speaks for itself. (And I know we all derserve a good one after these last few years!)
That stated, I have had a really fulfilling schedule devoting my time to philanthropy by performing in fundraisers, benefits for Ukraine and other good causes, and working with International Rescue Committee the last couple of years. IRC is an NGO that spreads some much needed aid and kindness in the world for refugees escaping oppression and disasters. It has been a very fulfilling experience to work with this orgamization. While I have somewhat returned to live performances I really look forward to auditioning for television and film and landing some great opportunities once the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are over! (And I completely support better pay and working conditions for my colleagues and myself.) And also finally launching a summer arts festival for Harrisburg Opera Association that has educational, philanthropic and therapeutic programs attached to it. Oh, and if you're interested about what this is all about in Harrisburg, PA, or want to donate, become a board member or volunteer, please reach out to me at HOA's website or here. It's the arts and it's helping people. A win/win! Stay tuned for updates right here...and there. I am bringing on the light for 2024. It's a full life!"
June 26th, 2021
Tami Swartz performs in Laura Zlatos' delightful farce THE EMPRESS OF JUPITER in New Perspetives Theatre Company's 12th Annual Women's Work virtual play festival.
Tickets are on sale HERE.
EQUAL STANDARD in Theaters 5/7/2021 and on Streaming Platforms 6/8/2021
Tami Swartz makes her national cinema and streaming debut in EQUAL STANDARD feauturing and Executive Produced by Ice-T. Details are at www.equalstandardmovie.com
Synopsis: "An NYPD Detective is shot by one of his own, benevolent brothers in uniform. Communities are ignited - to march for justice. Gangs put their differences aside - for a united fight, an equal opportunity. “That people not be judged by the color of their skin but for the content of their character.” The movement and unity impacts City society and leads to a Blue Wall intervention within the Police force. White cops lust for change and act on it - by flushing out racism. Not an easy fight. In the end, what was considered impossible, became possible."
March 2021 Happenings:
Award Winning Miniature Chess starring Tami Swartz, Nimo Gandhi and Kristen Suarez is playing at the Garden State Film Festival on:
Saturday March 27th, 2021 at 6:45pm at the Berkeley Hotel 1401 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712 streaming and live. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
Written and directed by Phil Cheney this post apocalyptic world features prisoners in a mysterious dungeon as they pass the time playing with a microscopic travel chess set.
Fall 2020 Update
Art finds a way. Tami Swartz was fortunate to accomplish a few things this year to spread light and stay safely creative during this once a century pandemic.
In May 2020 MINIATURE CHESS, filmed early this year and in which she starred, began making the rounds and continues to do so winning national accolades from Frostbite Film Festival and Indie X Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA. Additional 2020-2021 competitions including current and future are Sundance, SlamDance and The Sherman Oaks Film Festival.
This summer EQUAL STANDARD, executive produced by Ice-T and Taheim Bryan, was released for a limited time on Vimeo streaming. It can be rented HERE. The film artfully and compellingly addresses all sides of the racial justice equation in a fictional story revolving around two police officers, their colleagues and their families. Tami had a supporting role and is honored to be included in such an important movie that's release presciently coincided with the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter moment.
Harrisburg Opera Association, the arts organization that Tami serves as Executive Director and Artistic Director, in lieu of live performances launched a virtual season in late August. Tami directed OPERA IN THE PARK: OUTSIDE WHILE INSIDE - a virtual concert which combined HOA's educational outreach concert and mainstage production with educational programs attached to the season. The theme celebrated the natural world, significant historical places in Harrisburg, PA and featured Harrisburg's communities of color while sharing their experiences in Central Pennsylvania and across the United States. A great success for the company, it continues to be viewed in perpertual reruns on their YouTube channel. The direct link to the virtual concert where you can view and donate to the arts organization is HERE. HOA is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and your donations are tax deductible.
December News 2019
Tami Swartz's film debut as a lead, "THE OWNER IS IN", wins best short film at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival!
Tami Swartz to perform with Nickel City Opera on December 12, 2019. Details are here.
Tami Swartz' film "THE OWNER IS IN" premieres at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival on 11/21/2019 at 7 PM. Co-starring with Nimo Gandhi, she is thrilled to be a part of this socially relevant and ethnically diverse project! Tickets can be purchased here.
August - September 2019
Tami Swartz proudly launches her arts organization's first season in ten years! Much more than an opera company, Harrisburg Opera Association initiates three educational programs serving children and students of the Central PA region. Future goals are to offer an array of summer entertainment including theater, dance and other music genres as well as programs geared toward helping seniors and veterans. Full details are here.
Tami Swartz is currently filming her debut as a lead in a film. The project is "THE OWNER IS IN" with Loudhouse Pictures. Details to follow!
Sunday August 19th, 2018 - 4 PM
Italian Lake, Harrisburg, PA
Tami Swartz returns as Artistic Director and performer in Harrisburg Opera Association's Opera In the Park concert series. The event marks the return of the organization and features professional local, regional and Metropolitan Opera artists and is free to the public! HOA WILL gladly accept donations toward their mainstage production coming in the next year.
For more information about past concerts go to Harrisburg Opera's OPERA IN THE PARK PAGE. See you there!
Check out our feature article heralding our comeback in The Burg Magazine here!
Tune in on August 11th at 8 AM to see Tami Swartz's live interview with Logan Wilson on ABC 27 regarding HOA's comeback!
Check out Tami's INTERVIEW with Tom Richards host of the "By the Way" talk show on Fun 101.3 FM promoting Opera in the Park!
|Publicity / Articles / Media
Me So Hapa Blog Interview by Huffington Post contributor Alex Chester.
The Dallas Morning News review for Dallas Summer Musicals' King and I: "In the evocative "Something Wonderful," Tami Swartz imbues Lady Thiang, the king's first wife, with the grandeur of a love that transcends the king's shortcomings and impels her to entreat Anna to help him to achieve goals she doesn't fully understand."
DSM King and I Television Promo here.
Allegiance Talks at Google Video Event
Click here for the "Talks at Google" video event for the broadway musical Allegiance featuring George Takei. The event includes the creative team and special performing guests Melinda Doolittle, Telly Leung, Marc de la Cruz, other cast members and yours truly.
Sacramento Music Circus King and I Reviews and Multimedia:
Reviews from The Sacramento Press, The Gold Country Times, The Sacramento Bee and our fantastic video montage. "Other outstanding supporting performances in the Music Circus production included Tami Swartz as the head wife, Lady Thiang, who is both moving and joyful, as she plays the important role of helping Anna accept the King for who he is."
Review for MT Wichita's King and I:
The Wichita Eagle's tremendous review of Music Theatre of Wichita's King and I - Tami Swartz is the very picture of poise and dignity as Lady Thiang, the King's chief wife and her operatic soprano gives tragic strength to her "Something Wonderful" portrait of her husband.
The King and I Sneek Peek
See Music Theatre of Wichita's promo here, Broadway World's coverage here and The Wichita Eagle's fantastic article here.
Gimme Five Interview with Greg Morton
It was my great pleasure to be featured on my friend Greg Morton's artist blog series: Gimme Five.
Interview is here.
Some of you may remember him as Jamie King, Amanda King's (Kate Jackson) youngest son, on Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He is now is a successful adventure novelist, motivational writer and outdoor enthusiast. I am honored he chose to feature me. Check this out and please check out his work too. It will seriously brighten your day and put a spring back in your step. Pax!
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