Tara Z. Mullins, Director

mullinsTara Zaffuto Mullins is the newly appointed Director of the NC State Dance Program, after serving for four years as the Assistant Director. While at NC State, Tara produced Operation Breadbasket, a mixed media modern dance honoring the civil rights movement, which was featured on WUNC’s The State of Things. She has been nominated twice for a Chancellors Creating Community Award and served on the University Diversity Advisory Committee. She recently completed a film entitled Above the Trees with renowned filmmaker Doug Kass that was screened at the NCSU Dance Company Concert and in New York.

Tara has been a guest artist at Radford University, James Madison University, East Central University, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Latin Ballet of Virginia and Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre, among other institutions and companies. In the past, Tara has taught at Henrico Center for the Arts, Arizona State University, Mesa Community College, St. Catherine’s School and the University of Virginia, and was most recently on faculty at the Academy of Arts and Minds in Miami, Florida.

After serving as the educational programs director for the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Tara developed the education- and service-based Z Mullins Dance Company. The company has founded and facilitated such events as the Virginia Dance Symposium, which brings together high school dancers and professors from dance programs, and the Summer Dance Intensive, a ten-day program for high school and college dancers. She also planned and directed many community projects, such as Fitness, Food and FUN, a nutrition and fitness program for fifth grade girls, and the Big Gig, a free youth arts festival in Miami.

Tara has a B.A. in dance from James Madison University and an M.F.A. in dance from Arizona State University, where she received the Faculty Women’s Association Distinguished Master Degree Candidate Award for her work developing arts programs for homeless youth, as well as the inaugural Herberger College of Fine Arts Fellowship.