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Regina Taylor

Regina Taylor is an actress, director, playwright, educator, and activist. She is the Andrew Mellon grant playwright in residence for Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Taylor is writing new plays for Audible and SMU (the black album). She recently curated and directed Love and Kindness in the Time of Quarantine (short plays by Magaly Colin-Christopher, Migdalia Cruz, Erik Ehn, Catherine Fillioux, Lyle Kessler, Yilong Liu, Eugene Lee, Rohina Malik, Chrystal Skilman, Chesney Snow, and Jose Rivera) for Planet Connections Zoom Festival. In addition, her playwrighting credits include Bread (Edgerton Award, Water Tower Theater), Crowns (four Helen Hayes awards including Best Director), Oo-Bla-Dee (Steinberg-ATCA Award), Drowning Crow (Broadway, MTC), The Trinity River Plays (Edgerton Foundation Award), and stop.reset (Signature Theatre Residency Five). Taylor received the Denzel Washington Endowed Chair Fordham University at Lincoln Center. An Artistic Associate of Goodman Theatre, Taylor is its most produced playwright. As an actress, Taylor is featured in Netflix’s All Day and A Night starring Jeffrey Wright and Ashton Saunders, directed/written by Joe Robert Cole (writer: Black Panther). She guest stars on Council of Dads (NBC) and Lovecraft Country (Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams, Mischa Green), Red Line (Producer Ava DuVernay, CBS), and The Good Fight. For her television role as Lily Harper in I’ll Fly Away, she received a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress, three NAACP Image Awards, and two Emmy Award nominations. Her other television credits 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 A Good Day to Die with Sidney Poitier. She has co-starred in USA Networks’ 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.

Bio as of 2/2021