Pam Tate

Provisional Board Member


Pam Tate grew up in Indiana, took a bus to Greenwich Village, sang in bands, acted in shows, wrote songs, paid standing room for Broadway, got a tan on her roof, released three CDs, gigged in famous clubs, drank espresso, and raised two kids who love Shakespeare. She played around with writing and ended up with a degree in film studies and screenwriting. She was Associate Director of The International Cabaret Conference at Yale – instructor, performer, producer.

Pam writes historical dramas about women who make waves, especially during times of social change, full-length plays and screenplays, numerous shorts of both. She won a national women’s playwriting contest for her play about Leni Riefenstahl. Pam writes a monthly column about innovative women in film, for Reel Lumiere, a magazine focused on women’s filmmaking.

Pam loves to act and teach acting. Favorite roles: Zelda Fitzgerald in “The Last Flapper,” hard-boiled Lorraine in Sam Shepard’s “A Lie of the Mind,” pill-popping Violet in “August Osage County,” and sweet, kooky Mary in A.R. Gurney’s “Crazy Mary.” (type cast as unstable women?) Among others, she’s been in the musical “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” twice.

Nashville was an unexpected detour six years ago. She bought a house on a hill, started co-writing, performing, made a CD with her band, Pam Tate & Her Men In Blues. Pam joined Nashville Women in Film & Television and serves on their Board of Directors. She’s also serving a second term as a Board Member of the Tennessee Screenwriting Association.

For fun, she watches any historical drama she can find, often over and over, she takes pictures, makes videos, hangs out with grandkids, is a great cook when she feels like it, gardens when she feels like it, throws the ball for Piper, her terrier, and takes drives with Harvey, her husband.

Proud member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, The Dramatists Guild, and BMI. Her music is in all the usual places – Spotify, Amazon, Apple.