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 and an artistic associate at Pat the Dog Theatre Creation.
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.
Governor 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).
AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, & GRANTS
- 2020: Canada Council Funded Artistic Associate, Pat the Dog Theatre Creations
- 2018 – 2020: Ontario Government Scholarship, Council of Ontario Universities
- 2017 – 2020: College of Arts Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph
- 2017 – 2020: Board of Graduate Research Scholarship, University of Guelph
- 2019: Region of Waterloo Arts Fund for Frog Song
- 2018: Theatre Creator Reserve Grant for Frog Song, Ontario Arts Council
- 2017: Graduate Entrance Excellence Scholarship, University of Guelph
- 2017: Carole Stewart Arts Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph
- 2016: Theatre Creators Reserve Grant for Frog Song (x2), Ontario Arts Council
- 2014: Theatre Creator Reserve Grant for Cottage Radio (x2), Ontario Arts Council
- 2012 – 2014: Connie Rooke Scholarship, University of Guelph
- 2010: Theatre Creator Reserve Grant for Drink Up and Drown, Ontario Arts Council
- 2009: Dora Award Nomination: Best New Opera / Musical for The Virgin Charlie, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts
- 2008: Theatre Creator Reserve Grant for The Virgin Charlie, Ontario Arts Council
- 2007: George Ryga Bursary for Excellence in Playwrighting, York University
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School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph
Playwrights Guild of Canada profile