Taylor Marie Graham

Biography

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 starting a PhD at the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph Fall 2017. She is also a partial load English professor at Sheridan College in the Department of Communication and Literary Studies.

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, and Rogers Television. She is also the artistic director of the indie theatre company Port Albert Productions.

In 2016, celebrated playwright Judith Thompson named Taylor as the up and coming playwright to watch in Playwrights Guild of Canada’s The Playwright Applause campaign. Thompson 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 recipient of the George Ryga Award for Excellence in Playwrighting from York University and the Connie Rooke Scholarship from the University of Guelph. She has 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 which was recently supported with two Ontario Arts Council Theatre Creator Reserve Grants. She also just recently completed two Fringe theatre productions. At Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals, Taylor directed and dramaturged a fabulous new play by Julia Haist entitled This is Not She, which garnered much critical acclaim. Also at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Taylor premiered her new site specific play White Wedding which she also directed. This production not only received lovely reviews, but sold out houses!

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