With an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television, theater and writing, Regina Taylor’s career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. Her credits as playwright include Oo-Bla-Dee, for which she won the American Critics' Association new play award, Drowning Crow (her adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, which was produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theater Club in its inaugural season at the Biltmore Theater and starred Alfre Woodard), The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove, A Night in Tunisia, Escape from Paradise, Watermelon Rinds, and Inside the Belly of the Beast. Taylor’s critically acclaimed Crowns continues to be one of the most performed musicals in the country. Her play Magnolia premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in March 2009 directed by Anna Shapiro. Taylor’s trilogy, The Trinity River Plays premiered as a co-production with the Dallas Theater Center and the Goodman Theatre and was the Recipient of the 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.
Taylor is best known to television audiences for her role as Lilly Harper in the series I'll Fly Away. She received many accolades for her performance in the show including winning a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Her film credits include The Negotiator, Courage Under Fire, A Family Thing, The Keeper, Clockers, Losing Isaiah, and Lean on Me. Taylor is a member and Artistic Associate of the Goodman Theatre. She has received honorary doctorates from Columbia College, DePaul University and Lake Forest College. She was raised in Dallas, Texas and recently moved to Chicago.
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IMAGE: Regina Taylor. Photo by Gregory Costanzo.