Tarah Ortiz Durnbaugh

Staff • Performance Programs Manager

Tarah Durnbaugh has been part of Urban Gateways since 2007. Her arts background spans many disciplines, including over two decades of dance training and a Theatre degree from Northwestern University. Outside of her responsibilities as the Performance Programs Manager, she shares her passion for the arts with students as an instructor and choreographer for the Kaleidoscope Dance Ensemble and as the Artistic Director of the Kaleidoscope Krew youth hip hop companies. Tarah is a proud ensemble member and choreographer with Be the Groove, a Chicago rhythmic performance ensemble, and company member with the legendary Joel Hall Dancers. She was also recently featured as an Emerging Arts Education Leader in the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Guild Notes publication. Tarah’s work with Urban Gateways focuses on managing the performance programs with the goal of bringing the best arts experiences to youth and communities across Chicago and the surrounding areas.