Tanner has been involved in theatre for over 20 years. During his theatrical career he has participated in almost every aspect of the business both on stage and behind the scenes, including acting, directing, stage managing, script writing, and being the Artistic Director of the theatre department in South Korea's multi-million dollar emmersion camp "English Village".
In Santa Rosa, Ca. he worked with the Santa Rosa Players while studying at Santa Rosa Junior College. He attended the Performing Conservatory of the Performing Arts, a two-year acting conservatory program in Santa Maria, CA. before moving to Chicago to gain his B.F.A. from Roosevelt University.
In Chicago he worked with TinFish Theatre, The Anthanaeum Theatre and the Chicago Dramatists Workshop. He performed with many T.Y.A touring companies including National Theatre for Children, Kids Matter, Inc., and Poetry Alive!.
After a two year engagement with Outdoor Drama he moved to New York and received his M.F.A. from the Actors Studio Drama School. He
studied under Ellen Barkin, Arthur Storch, Ron Leibman and Elizabeth Kemp.
He dabbled in the Cabaret circuit with two cabaret shows: "Reflections of a Dream", performed at Pieces Cabaret Room in 2005 and "Can You Hold? That's My Life Calling" at Danny's Grand Sea Palace.
In 2006, He headed the Drama Program in Brooklyn, NY for Oasis Children's Camp
, teaching under-priviledged children theatre and co-directed a shortened version of The Wiz. The following year he headed the Drama Program for Camp Regis-Applejack
in the Adirondack Mountains.
He joined English Village in South Korea in 2007 and worked there for three years. He performed in seven main-stage productions, wrote six scripts and headed a game show activity as well as gave workshops and classes on Acting, Neutral American Speech and Stage Combat.
He became the Artistic Director for the Edutainer Department in 2008 and produced 12 mainstage shows, 6 game shows, created 2 "Children Day" shows and developed a three-week drama training program for non-native English speaking Elementary/Middle School teachers in South Korea.
In 2010 he moved back to the states and relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina to start Actors Training Ground. He works as a private coach as well as teaches during the school year at North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre. in Raleigh and Infinity Ballet in Apex. In the summer he teaches Scene Study classes through Actors Training Ground and in 2014 introduced three new classes to his summer class itinerary: Intro to Acting, Muscial Theatre Performance, and a Musical Theatre Camp.
He published his book "The Portable Acting Coach" in 2013.
He has worked with The Justice Theatre Project, Owl Tree Theatre for the People, Bare Theatre and Fellowship Christian Players.