Originally from New Plymouth, Acushla-Tara is a third year business student at Victoria University of Wellington. She has spent a few years in amateur theatre but The Truth Game at Circa Theatre was her first professional show. Acushla played the part of Jo, a roller-blading tyro jounalist in search of a father.
Acushla rapidly followed this with the major role of Annie, the student-teacher in Kings of the Gym, also at Circa.
Her 2013 feature film debut was in the Mulheron-helmed horror Fresh Meat.