Tarah Ortiz Durnbaugh

Staff • Performance Programs Manager

Tarah Durnbaugh has been part of Urban Gateways and the field of Arts Education 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 a dance instructor and choreographer, 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 has served on the NEA Art Works: Arts Education review panel and is currently a Co-Ambassador for the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Emerging Leaders Network, creating ​learning opportunities​ for​ and engaging the community of the next generation of arts leaders from across the country. Tarah’s work with Urban Gateways focuses on managing the organization’s performance programs, with the goal of making high-quality and inspiring arts experiences accessible to youth and communities throughout the Chicago area.