Prior to commencing the Bachelor of Dramatic Arts at the VCA, Tariro Mavondo began a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and Anthropology. During this time she was also working as an artist with international and nationally established bands at festivals such as the World Music Festival in Adelaide, Big Day out and the World Music Expo (Arts centre).
Tariro got a taste of the theatre when she performed as an actor and dancer in Claudia Escobar’s final VCA Animateuring piece Play: Ground (2008).
At the VCA Tariro’s major roles have been Nina in The Seagull 2009, Blair in Perfume, Underwear and Crash Helmet (2010) and Ariel in Shakespeare’s the Tempest (2011). Tariro has worked as an actor with the VCA Centre of Cultural Partnerships Horn of Africa program that toured a group devised piece to schools and community centres around Victoria in 2010.
Tariro is also a founding member and workshop facilitator of the Centre for Poetics and Justice. Tariro is also a founding member and project manager of Still Waters African Women’s Storytelling Collective.
Tariro was a state finalist at the 2009 Australian Poetry Slam.Tariro was the national runner up at the 2010 Australian Poetry Slam.