Tamara Ruppart: Award Winning Director & Producer

Tamara Ruppart is an award winning director and producer. She has worked as a director, producer and actor in both theater and film. On stage, she has directed KOMACHI, A THOUSAND CRANES, THE FANTASITCKS, STRIKE-SLIP, two productions of Velina Hasu Houston's KOKORO (TRUE HEART), and the world premiere of EXTINCTION. On film, she has directed RISING SUN, RISING SOUL (doc) and Japanese-language PATH OF DREAMS (short). She is currently developing three feature films with PATH OF DREAMS writer Velina Hasu Houston.

Ms. Ruppart has a particular affinity for Japan and Japanese culture, after studying Japanese in college and living in Niigata, Japan, teaching English for 15 months after college. In 2001, Ms. Ruppart went on an overland trip from Beijing, through Inner Mongolia, across the Tibetan Plateau, up to Mt. Everest Base Camp, and down into Kathmandu, Nepal. She has also traveled in Southeast Asia and Europe. Ms. Ruppart has studied Digital Filmmaking at NYFA in Los Angeles, as well as Script Supervision and Continuity under Shari Carpenter in New York City. After receiving a scholarship, Ms. Ruppart attended The New School for Drama. Having studied directing with Elinor Renfield, Casey Biggs, Austin Pendleton and Olympia Dukakis, Ms. Ruppart graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Directing in 2009. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Davidson College. Ms. Ruppart is a member of Women In Film (WIF) and the Alliance of Women Directors (AWD).

My Goal of the Day: Leave nothing on my "plate" as far as work is concerned. I want to have done all that I can do to move everything forward so that the ball is not left in my court.

My Thought of the Day: Every journey starts with one step. This helps me to remember to just put one foot in front of the other and keep going.

My Action of the Day: I try to do one thing a day that's out of my comfort zone - to be brave and bold.

What do you love most about Your City?

I love all of the cultures here in Los Angeles. As a filmmaker who likes to tell international stories, I get a lot of inspiration from the different backgrounds and passions from people who are different from me.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Since moving to Los Angeles, I've discovered breakfast burritos. They're amazing.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – I like the quiet and dark of early morning. It's a great time to fit in some yoga, make coffee or tea, and get a jump on emails.

10:00 AM - Time for script work on upcoming projects!

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

Le Pain Quotidien - in either New York or Los Angeles - is always a good spot.

7:00 PM -  I often get a lot of my research done in the evenings. Phone calls and emails have been handled, so early evening is a good time to work uninterrupted.

11:00 PM - Bedtime - yay!

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Green tea. It's good hot or cold - all day long.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I don't really use Instagram.

What should everyone try at least once?

An outdoor onsen (hot spring bath) in the winter snow in Japan - with a beer. It's heaven.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

I love wandering on the grounds of a Japanese shrine.  The hidden statues and unexpected architectural details add a beautiful dimension to the serenity and history of the space.