Taylor is a writer, director, producer, and educator living in Cambridge, Ontario. She holds a BA in theatre from York University, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph, and is a PhD student in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She is also a partial load English professor at Sheridan College, an artistic associate at Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, and the artistic director of the indie theatre company Port Albert Productions.
Taylor began writing plays, poetry, and short stories as a young child living in Goderich, Ontario, and her love for telling stories is what brought her to study theatre in Toronto. She established herself as a bright young talent early on when she was accepted into Tapestry New Opera‘s Librettist / Composer Lab even before finishing her degree!
Since then, Taylor has had many lovely opportunities to write for opera and theatre, direct theatre, direct television, work dramaturngically on others’ projects, help administratively on others’ projects, and work as an educator. Taylor has worked in various capacities with esteemed artistic companies and educational institutions as the Toronto Fringe Festival, Canadian Stage, Theatre Gargantua, b current, Tapestry New Opera Works, Theatre Brouhaha, Alumnae Theatre, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Tiny Owl Workshop, These Five Minutes, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Humber College, Sheridan College, Artscape, Pat the Dog Theatre Creations, and Rogers Television.
Governal general winning playwright Judith Thompson has been a great mentor to Taylor over the years. Thompson named Taylor as the up and coming playwright to watch in Playwrights Guild of Canada’s The Playwright Applause campaign and described Taylor’s play Cottage Radio as, “a dynamic, complex, and very funny play with fabulous music set in beautiful and historic Goderich. Taylor Graham has written such rich and delicious characters, people who are familiar and yet presented in an utterly unique way. I am thrilled to see such a powerful play set in small town Ontario – true Canadiana, and yet, universal!” Taylor’s writing has also been described as “an uncommonly cool theatrical experience” (Mooney on Theatre), “charmingly twisted” (John Terauds, Toronto Star), “delivering notes of comedy, irony and real feeling” (John Kaplan, NOW Magazine), and “searingly written. . . a significant accomplishment!” (Bill Mandel).
Taylor is the proud recipient of the George Ryga Award for Excellence in Playwrighting from York University. The University of Guelph has honoured Taylor with the Connie Rooke Scholarship, the Graduate Entrance Scholarship, the University Graduate Scholarship, the Graduate Tuition Scholarship, the Board of Graduate Research Scholarship, and the Carole Stewart Arts Scholarship. Taylor has also received multiple Ontario Arts Council theatre creator reserve grants for the development of her writing, and her opera The Virgin Charlie was nominated in 2008 for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Opera / Musical.
Currently, Taylor is developing a new opera with composer William Rowson called Frog Song: A Fairy Tale Opera for Children which was graciously supported by Ontario Arts Council Theatre Creator Reserve, as well as the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. It recently had a reading at Pat the Dog’s PlaySmelter Festival 2019, and in September will be presented by Pat the Dog at IMPACT Festival 2019! To find out more about the process, check out Taylor’s Frog Song Blog which outlines the wild journey of creation and development of a new Canadian opera!