TARA TOLAR-PAYNE (Stage Manager) is a freelance stage manager specializing in musical theatre, plays and opera. She graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in theatre (design/technology, stage management) and English (creative writing). Professional credits include Disney Theatrical’s Broadway-bound "Frozen" (production assistant), The Kennedy Center's MFA & Undergraduate Playwright's Workshop (assistant stage manager), Local Theatre Company’s Local Lab New Play Festival (assistant stage manager), Loveland Opera Theatre’s "Così fan tutte" (assistant stage manager), and the Santa Fe Opera Production/Music Services Apprentice Program. Collegiate credits include "Cabaret" (stage manager), "Appropriate" (stage manager) and "Orfeo ed Euridice" (assistant stage manager). Tolar-Payne is endlessly grateful to everyone in her life who continues to support her in all that she does and is thrilled to be working with the Eklund Opera Program!