Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Tamara Bass graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, with a B. A. in Theater Arts and a B.A. in Communication Arts, with an emphasis in Screenwriting. She has used the skills acquired at the prestigious university to direct her first full-length play, a thesis production of "for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf," marking its first production at Loyola Marymount University. It also signified the first time that a full-length play about people of color, was performed for the university.
While still a student, Bass began her professional career in front of the camera. The summer before her senior year, she landed the starring role in the critically acclaimed independent film "Bellyfruit," which was met with glowing reviews, following its debut at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. This exposure led to recurring roles on "The Fugitive," opposite Mykelti Williamson and "Boston Public." Guest starring roles include "Any Day Now," "Moesha," "Sliders," "Haunted," and "Cedric the Entertainer Presents." Bass made her studio film debut in John Singleton's "Baby Boy," where she portrayed "Peanut," the mother of one of Jody's (Tyrese Gibson) children. In addition to film and tv, Bass is an accomplished stage actress, who has appeared in productions from Los Angeles to the National Black Theater Festival, as well as the Off-Broadway premiere of "I See Fire in the Dead Man's Eyes."
As part of her college studies, Bass interned at "The Steve Harvey Show" for a season and a half, soaking up as much information as possible. She made her producing debut on the award-winning short film “Redemption”, where she worked in the capacity of Associate Producer. To expand her horizons, Bass wrote, produced and directed the short film, "Exposure," starring Terri J. Vaughn and Malinda Williams. This film garnered a lot of attention when it made its debut at The Pan African Film Festival. It went on to screen at The Reel World Film Festival in Toronto, after being solicited by their programming director. "Exposure" was also nominated for a Kodak Award at the Martha's Vineyard African-American film Festival and premiered in New York at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival. Tamara also wrote, produced and directed her second short film, "Broken" starring April Lee Hernandez and Dorian Missick.
Bass is currently living in Los Angeles, where she created, starred in and co-directed, alongside business partner Meagan Good, the successful web series “All That Matters”, that launched on WorldStar Hip Hop. She also recently directed a couple of webisodes for cocoafab.com.