The State(s) of America

Theatre and Interpretation Center

at Northwestern University presents


Curated by Regina Taylor
Ethel M. Barber Theater
March 4-6

Identity. Unemployment. Communication. Dreams. Race. Politics. Technology. From plays to video shorts to graphic narratives to songs, celebrated Hollywood actress Regina Taylor has partnered with Northwestern students and faculty members to create a fearless, one-weekend-only festival of original works. Through four different performances (“Dreams,” “ID,” “Becoming” and “Going & Coming”) presented in three venues, more than 50 members of the Northwestern community have come together in a personal, provocative and challenging examination of who we are as individuals, where America has been, where it is going and how we can own our voices to make a difference in the world today.

Purchase your all-access pass! Join us on Sunday, March 6, for lunch and an “Own Your Voice” symposium led by celebrated author and Northwestern Associate Professor Harvey Young, featuring guest artist Regina Taylor and TIC Artistic Director Henry Godinez. Immediately following the lunch, all four pieces will be presented in a one-day-only festival celebration!

Meet Regina Taylor!

Photo: Ashley Fetters/The Daily Northwestern

Photo: Ashley Fetters/The Daily Northwestern

With an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television, theater and writing, Regina Taylor’s career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects.

Taylor is best known to television audiences for her role as Lilly Harper in the series “I’ll Fly Away.” She received many accolades for her performance in the show including winning a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Taylor was most recently seen starring in the CBS hit drama “The Unit”. She took home the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actress in a Drama” for her work on the show.

Regina made her professional acting debut on CBS in the movie “Crisis at Central High” and other television credits include the series “The Education of Max Bickford,” “Feds” as well as television movies “Strange Justice” playing Anita Hill, earning her a Peabody Award and Gracie Award, “In From the Night,” “Cora Unashamed,” “Children of the Dust,” “I’ll Fly Away: Then and Now,” “Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder.” Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, Taylor has starred in blockbuster films alongside some of Hollywood most talented leading men. Her film credits include “The Negotiator,” “Courage Under Fire,” “A Family Thing,” “The Keeper,” “Clockers,” “Losing Isaiah,” and “Lean on Me.”

In addition to her film and television work, Taylor holds the honor as being the first Black woman to play William Shakespeare’s Juliet in Broadway’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Her other theater credits include “As You Like It,” “Macbeth,” “Machinal,” “A Map of The World,” “The Illusion” and “Jar the Floor.” In addition, she won the L.A. Dramalogue Award for her performance in “The Tempest” on the west coast.

Taylor not only feels comfortable on the stage, she is also an accomplished playwright. Her other credits as playwright include “Oo-Bla-Dee,” for which she won the American Critics’ Association new play award, “Drowning Crow,” (her adaptation of Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL, which was produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theater Club in its inaugural season at the Biltmore Theater and starred Alfre Woodard), “The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove,” “A Night in Tunisia,” “Escape from Paradise,” “Watermelon Rinds,” and “Inside the Belly of the Beast.”

Taylor’s critically acclaimed “Crowns” continues to be the most performed musical in the country. It is the winner of four Washington D.C. Helen Hayes awards including Taylor’s win for Best Direction as well as Best Regional Musical. Taylor’s play “Magnolia” premiered at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in March 2009 directed by Anna Shapiro, Tony Award winner for “August: Osage County.” Taylor’s new trilogy, “The Trinity River Plays” premiere this season at as a co-production with the Dallas Theater Center and the Goodman Theatre in January.

Taylor is a member and Artistic Associate of the Goodman Theatre. She received the Hope Abelson Award from Northwestern in 2010. She received an honorary doctorate from DePaul University. She was raised in Dallas, Texas and recently moved to Chicago.