Dominic Taylor

Author of Hype Hero, Wedding Dance, Personal History, Upcity Service(s) and I Wish You Love among others. Directing projects include, Fresh Faust, Uppa Creek, Destiny, Ride the Rhythm, The Wiz, and Black Nativity. He has worked with Penumbra Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, New York Theatre Workshop, Crossroads Theater, Rites and Reasons Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others. He is a Board Member for The Givens Foundation for African-American Literature. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists. He holds a Bachelors and a Master of Fine Arts from Brown University. He is an Associate Professor, University of Minnesota.

Associate Artistic Director – Penumbra Theatre, St. Paul, MN July 2007 – September 2012
Developed the OKRA: New Play Development Program
Associate Artistic Director – America-in-Play, NYC 2006 – Present
Board of Directors – Givens Institute for African American Literature September 2007 – Present
Board of Directors – New Dramatists 2004 – 2007
Administrator – Van Lier Fellowship – 2004
Mentor – New Dramatists Fellowship – 2003
Participant in the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors’ Lab June 2000
Participant Black Theatre Summit- Hanover, NH March 1998
One of the Presenters of the paper on the African American Aesthetic.
Public Transportation Productions – 1995- 2000
Partner in a Film Production Company
New York University, Creative Consultant- Gallatin Division 1988

University of Minnesota, Associate Professor, Fall 2007- Present
Bard College, Visiting Professor, Fall 2000- Spring 2007
City University of New York, Adjunct Professor Spring 2000
New York University, Guest Artist/Lecturer Spring 2000
Brown University, Instructor, Beginning Playwriting, Fall 1994
Bennington College, Guest Artist/Lecturer, Fall 1994

Brown University, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Department of English, May 1995.

Brown University, Bachelor of Arts, Engineering May 1987

Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio Center, Belagio, Italy. An examination of Neo-Blackness – Summer 2009.
McKnight Grant (Framing Suzan-Lori Parks) University of Minnesota, Fall 2007
Tennessee Williams Fellowship, University of the South, September 2006- May 2007
The Lippman Family New Frontier Award – May 2006
National Endowment for the Arts – Production Grant 2003
Dramatist Guild Fellow, 2002
Artist in Residence HERE Theatre, 2000
Theodore Ward Prize (Finalist), 1999
Van Lier Fellowship, New York Theatre Workshop 1997
AT&T Production Grant, 1997
Steppenwolf New Play Labs, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, IL 1996
Scott McPherson Award (Commission), Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL 1995
Illinois State Council on the Arts, Finalist 1995
George H. Bass Play-Rites Award, Finalist 1994
U.S.- Africa Fellowship, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL 1993
National Artist in Residency Fellowship, Theatre Communications Group 1993
MacDowell Colony, Residency Fellowship 1992
BACA Downtown, New Works Project Member 1989-1991
Jerome Fellowship, The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN 1990

UpCity Service(s) Published by Broadway Play Publishing
Wedding Dance Published by Playscripts.Com
Personal History Published by Playscripts.Com
Sound Check (Callaloo, Winter 1997 Emerging Male Writers, Published by the University of Virginia Press.)
Photo Op (NuMuse Volume II, Published by Brown University)
Wedding Dance work from featured in Best Monologues for Women 1997 & Best Monologues for Men 1997, published by Smith and Krause
A Variety of On-line publications including HOWL ROUND

Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
New Dramatists – Alumni
Lincoln Center Directors Lab – Alumni 2000
New York Theatre Workshop – Usual Suspect



I Wish You Love

Ensemble Theatre, Houston, TX (Production) July 2014
Penumbra Theatre Company, St. Paul, MN (Production) April 2011
Kennedy Center, Washington, DC (Production) June 2011
Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT (Production) July 2011
Penumbra Theatre Company, St. Paul, MN (Production) November 2011

Hype Hero: King Patch
Brown University (Production) October 2014
National Playwrights’ Conference, Eugene O’Neill Center, Waterford, CT 2012
Playwrights Horizons,(Staged Reading) NYC May 1999
New York Theatre Workshop,(Staged Reading) October 1998

Wedding Dance
Kennedy Center, Washington DC (Production) Feb. – Mar. 2003
Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ (Production)Mar.-Apr. 1997

Personal History
Kennedy Center, Washington, DC (Production) Feb. – Mar. 2002
Arena Stage, Washington, DC (Staged Reading) June 2000
Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT (Staged Reading) April 1998
Playwrights Horizons (Staged Reading) April 1998
New York Shakespeare Festival, New Works Now Festival (Staged Reading) May 1997
Steppenwolf Theatre, New Play Labs, (Staged Reading) March 1997

Stacks (An Adaptation of Heracles by Euripides)
HERE Theatre, NYC (Staged Reading) March 2000

UpCity Service(s)
Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. (Staged Reading) September 2003
New Perspectives Theatre Voices From The Edge Reading Series Oct. 2002

Ground Appearances
42nd Street Collective, NYC (Production) February 1994
Rites and Reasons Theatre (Staged Reading ) October 1993

Sunshine Playlot
New York Shakespeare Festival, New Works Now Festival (Staged Reading) May 1994
Crossroads Theatre, NJ, Genesis Festival, (Staged Reading) April 1993
Brown University (Production) February 1994
Boston University Playwrights Theatre, Dark Room Series (Production) April 1994

Baychester Ave-The Bronx
The Playwrights Center, Chicago, IL(Production)Nov-Dec. 1993
Group Theatre, Seattle WA, MultiCultural Festival (Staged Reading) August 1990
Tribeca Studio, New York (Staged Reading) August 1993
Sanford Misner Studio, New York(Staged Reading) July 1990

Reflexions in D. Minor
BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, NY (Production) November 1990

Intimate Relations
West Bank Cafe, New York (Production) March 1989
The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN (Staged Reading) April 1991

Sound Check
Theatre Praxis, Chicago, IL (Production) May 1993
Red Eye Theatre, Minneapolis, MN (Staged Reading) May 1990
Rites and Reasons Theatre, Providence, RI (Staged Reading) January 1994

But I Get Benefits
Chicago Dramatists Workshop, Playwrights for the 90’s, (Production) Feb. 1992

Wild Onion Theatre Company, Chicago, IL (Production) November 1991
Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Waterford, CT(Staged Reading) May 1988

Public Transportation
The Pelican Studio, New York, (Production) September 1988

Feathered Obsequies
Rites and Reasons Theatre, Providence, RI (Staged Reading) November 1993
Company One, Hartford, CT (Staged Reading) November 1992
The Playwrights Center, Minneapolis, MN (Staged Reading) September 1990

Photo Op
Brown University (Production) February 1995

Session One
New American Radio, Radio Drama, National Public Radio Affiliates (Production) March 1995

Twitter: @dominictaylor
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