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Mr. Taylor has been a theatre artist for more than 30 years. He has taught and directed extensively for the past two decades, »

and is currently a professor and the Drama Department Chair at the College of Marin. As an actor, he has performed in many regional theatres around the country as well as in NYC and on Broadway. He has also appeared on network television and in feature films. His wide-range of directing credits include A Raisin in the Sun, The Crucible, Othello, Working (the musical), Tartuffe, Diary of Anne Frank and his recent production of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Mr. Taylor has an MFA from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

Winner of the San Francisco Bay Area's "Jazz Search West Competition for 2010" (sponsored by Rhythmic Concepts Inc.). »

Mr. Taylor is a formermember and featured soloist of the Oakland Jazz Choir,the Jazz Singers Collective and the East Bay Center Jazz Ensemble. As a band-leader, he has appeared in several Bay Area venues including Anna's Jazz Island, Slates Jazz Supper Club and The Jazz School. He is currently a featured vocalist with the Sharp Five Jazz Band. Mr. Taylor recently completed his first CD (3-song promotional) entitled "Looking Forward" and he continues to perform around the SF Bay Area.

Mr. Taylor's critically-acclaimed solo-show In Search of My Father...Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins, »

won the "Best Solo Performance of 2006 Award" from SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. The play, which he wrote and performed, was also nominated for an Audelco Award in NYC for "Best Solo Performance of the 2007-08 season", after its successful run at the New Federal Theatre. It has also had extended productions at The Cleveland Playhouse (produced by the Dobama Theatre Co.), the Afro-Solo Theatre Co. in SF and The Marsh Theatre (Berkeley, CA), where it made it's professional debut in 2006. Mr. Taylor is currently working on his next solo project.