Talia-Rae was born and raised in Christchurch. She grew up watching her family members of Pacific Underground make theatre and music in Christchurch. After the earthquakes, the family relocated to Auckland, where TR found her own passion for the arts. Since graduating from PIPA, TR has worked with Auckland Theatre Company, toured the country with Duffy Theatre, and has recently performed at the Kia Mau Festival in Wellington. She is of Samoan descent and loves to continue learning about her own culture, and other pasifika/indigenous cultures.