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Dominic Taylor is a St. Paul, Minnesota based writer/director for theater. Wedding Dance was produced at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) by the African Continuum Theatre Company. The same organization produced his play Personal History at the same venue. Wedding Dance was also produced at Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in the spring of 1997. This play was a recipient of an AT&T On Stage grant. It was also originally commissioned by the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois and was a winner of the theater's first Scott McPherson award. Personal History was first developed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company as part of the theater's New Plays Lab. He completed a Residency at HERE Theatre in New York, where he developed his play STACKS (An adaptation of Heracles by Euripides). His play, Hype Hero was written for New York Theatre Workshop as part of his Van Lier Fellowship. He has also completed an EST/Sloan Foundation grant for his play about Benjamin Banneker, entitled Ephemeris.
He directed Ride the Rhythm by Florante Galvez in the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival. He also directed Keli Garret's play, Uppa Creek, at Dixon Place, and the Village Voice gave the production notice as one of the best of Off-Broadway 2001. He also helmed her play Destiny: Play 3 of Serve and Protect also at Dixon Place in 2005. He directed the cantata Negroes Burial Ground (Librettist, Ann Greene--Composer, Leroy, Jenkins) at the Kitchen, NYC. The piece was developed at Bennington College (where he held a teaching appointment) in the winter of 1995 with the aid of a Rockefeller Grant. He also directed the new Opera Fresh Faust (Librettist Greg Tate--Composer, Leroy Jenkins) at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts. He participated in the 2000 directors Lab at Lincoln Center.
He was a participant in the first Black Theatre Summit, in March 1998, at Dartmouth College (Convened by August Wilson).
He is an alumni member of New Dramatists. He holds a Bachelors' Degree in Engineering from Brown University. He also has a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from the same institution. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is the Associate Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul.
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