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About Regina Taylor

The Healing Art of Synthia SAINT JAMES

Actress/ director/ playwright/ educator/ activist Regina Taylor is a Meadows Distinguished Visiting Artist

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Regina Taylor is an actress, director, playwright, educator, and activist. Taylor is currently serving as the playwright-in-residence at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. This is a three-year appointment through the National Playwright Residency Program established by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howl Round Theatre Commons. Theatre of St. Louis. Taylor is also writing new plays for Audible and the Old Vic.


Her playwright credits include Crowns (One of the country’s most produced plays/ four Helen Hayes Awards, including Best Director); Oo-Bla-Dee (Steinberg-ATCA award); Drowning Crow (Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club); The Trinity River Plays (Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award)stop.reset. (Signature Theatre Residency 5) Bread (Edgerton Award, WaterTower Theatre);.


Taylor received the Denzel Washington Endowed Chair in Theatre at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. An artistic associate of Goodman Theatre, (Taylor is its most produced playwright), Signature Theatre Residency 5.


Taylor is featured in Showtime’s The First Lady (created by Aaron Cooley and produced by Lionsgate), HBO’s Lovecraft Country (producers Jordan Peele, J. J. Abrams and Misha Green), Netflix’s All Day and a Night starring Jeffrey Wright and Ashton Saunders and directed/written by Joe Robert Cole (writer for Black Panther), and guest stars on Council of Dads (NBC), The Red Line (producer Ava DuVernay, CBS), The Good Fight (CBS) For her television role as Lily Harper in I’ll Fly Away, Taylor received a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress, three NAACP Image Awards and two Emmy Award nominations. Her other television roles include The Unit. Taylor was the first African American lead in Masterpiece Theatre’s Cora Unashamed, starred as Anita Hill in HBO’s Strange Justice (Gracie Award), and was featured in A Good Day to Die starring Sidney Poitier. She has co-starred in USA Network’s Dig and guest starred in Elementary and The Black List. Taylor’s film credits include Saturday Church, The Negotiator, Courage Under Fire, Clockers, and Lean on Me. Taylor was also the first Black woman to play Juliet in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway.

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