Regina Taylor’s impressive body of work encompasses acting, directing and writing. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Ms. Taylor has garnered two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Regina Taylor’s latest project is Stop. Reset. In a recent interview, Ms. Taylor shared that the play is inspired by her own personal experience of her favorite book store closing, as a result of e-books replacing traditional books. You can hear Ms. Taylor tell the story in a synopsis of the play during the interview. She also discusses her passion for the arts and gives this description of theater: “It has that element of truth in it. That’s what makes us laugh. That’s what makes us cry. We see ourselves in it.” Stop. Reset is set in Chicago and will open at the Goodman Theatre in 2015. The people of Chicago will be able to see themselves and the city of Chicago in the play.
As an actor, Ms. Taylor has worked on television, on stage and on film. Her most recent television role was in the CBS hit drama, The Unit. She has appeared in numerous blockbuster films, including The Negotiator, Courage Under Fire, A Family Thing, The Keeper, Clockers, Losing Isaiah and Lean on Me. Ms. Taylor’s theatre roles include Juliet (Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet). Other theater credits include As You Like It, Macbeth, Machinal, The Illusion and Jar the Floor.
An accomplished playwright, Ms. Taylor’s critically acclaimed Crowns continues to be one of the most performed musicals in the country. It is the winner of four Washington D.C. Helen Hayes awards; including Best Direction and Best Regional Musical. Ms. Taylor said that when she read Crowns, she “recognized these women, even though she had never met them. Her play Magnolia premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in March 2009. Ms.Taylor’s trilogy, The Trinity River Plays premiered as a co-production with the Dallas Theater Center and the Goodman Theatre and was the Recipient of the 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.