After graduating from Phillips Academy Andover, Tanner moved to New York City and received BFA theatre performance training at Marymount Manhattan College. He performed in NYC and LA for 10 years (see Performance CV) and in 2008 Tanner became active in community and national organizing.
In 2011, Tanner moved to Oxford, UK where he managed several restaurant and art venues, before developing a career as a freelance theatre artist and creative consultant, promoting and encouraging artistic endeavors on a community scale.
In 2017, Tanner moved to Syracuse, New York and founded Breadcrumbs Productions, where he now works as Founding Artistic Director. In 2019, he and his husband Nick opened Wunderbar, a queer bar and theatre in the heart of downtown Syracuse.
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"Creative Consulting" is a general term and its applications are numerous. Combining the skills acquired as a theatre artist, manager, organizer, educator, and event planner, Tanner can develop creative solutions to fit your needs. Visit recent projects and services to see what can be done for you.
"Tanner creates beautiful bespoke theatrical productions with a clear eye for detail, precise direction and creative flair. We cannot wait to work with Tanner again!" - Spark Fire Dance
"Tanner Efinger is one of those rare theater talents who can not only do what he teaches but teach what he does-- with an excellence and an ease that makes it a pleasure to work with him and to behold what he creates. Actors adore him, for he helps them to build on what they bring to the theater, and to become part of a team, no matter what their role. And producers and venue management adore him because Tanner is a wonderfully complete artist, who can marry his powerful creative vision to practical reality in a way that finds solutions, and as such, he can work anywhere, and with anyone. His agile creativity and collegial professionalism, combined with his great talent-- that he shares with humility and generosity-- means that if you're lucky enough to work with him, you will realize that you don't want to stop." - Michael McKinley, Director, The Oxford Tradition
"Tanner was a fantastic producer, MC and collaborator for Regency Dance Events. He brought a brilliant combination of efficiency, enthusiasm and imagination to the company. It was a privilege to work with someone so creative and professional." - Hannah Moore, Regency Dance Events
"Tanner's blend of creativity and drive sets him well apart from other creatives and ensures that anything he is involved in is well worth watching." - Joshua Tomalin, Technical Director, Arts at The Old Fire Station
"Tanner has been our operations consultant for three years. His flexible and approachable working style has meant that we can call on him on an ad hoc basis but we can also rely on his enduring interest and commitment to our company in the long term. He is an invaluable asset and our “secret weapon” because of his vast experience of management, recruitment, and the catering and service industry in general." - Quarterhorse Coffee
“Tanner worked for LCP as resident director, actor and writer for three years. His input was invaluable and I put so much of LCP’s success to his talent, care and enthusiasm. He is a born performer and a natural leader within LCP's company of actors. As a director and writer he always had clear ideas and with his passion and enthusiasm he gave to each and every project, he always succeeded and surpassed his original idea making everything he worked on magic! ” - Hannah Bloch, Little Chico Productions