Taylor is best known to television audiences for her role as Lily Harper in I'll Fly Away. She received a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, 3 NAACP Image Awards and two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role. Her other television roles include Dig, The Unit, The Education of Max Bickford, Feds, Strange Justice, Masterpiece Theatre’s Cora Unashamed, Children of the Dust, I'll Fly Away: Then and Now and Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder.
Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, Taylor has starred in blockbuster films alongside some of Hollywood most talented leading men. Her film credits include The Negotiator, Courage Under Fire, A Family Thing, The Keeper, Clockers, Losing Isaiah, and Lean on Me.
In addition to her film and television work, she holds the honor as being the first Black woman to play William Shakespeare's Juliet Romeo and Juliet on Broadway. Her other theater credits include As You Like It, Macbeth, Machinal, The Illusion and Jar the Floor. Additionally, she won the L.A. Dramalogue Award for her performance in The Tempest on the West coast.
Taylor is also an accomplished playwright and director. In 2015, she directed her play stop.reset. at the Goodman Theatre about a book publisher trying to hold on to his identity as the fast tech, social changes quickly shifts the ground on which he stands. The play was on The Goodman Theatre stage in Chicago, Illinois, but the storytelling extends outside the theater’s stage through diverse communities by way live events and internet portals. stop.reset. originally premiered in 2013 at The Signature Company in New York City.
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 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 and is the winner of four Washington D.C. Helen Hayes awards including Taylor’s win for Best Direction and Best Regional Musical. Others include Magnolia and the trilogy, The Trinity River Plays which was the recipient of the 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. Taylor also wrote and directed Post Black, (a monologue with Micki Grant, Carmen De Lavallade and Ruby Dee) for The River Crosses Rivers II Festival at NYC’s Ensemble Studio Theatre.
2015 marks her 20th year as a member and Artistic Associate at The Goodman Theatre.
“I was introduced to the Signature Theatre when they produced the Adrienne Kennedy season. I've been an admirer of the writers that the Signature supports ever since. With an open heart, spirit and mind, I enter into this new experience as a student and strive to bring my full self to all the work presented.”
- Regina Taylor