Regina Taylor

Regina Taylor (Playwright/Lyricist) is an actress/director/playwright. She is featured in Netflix’s One Day and a Night starring Jeffrey Wright, Ashton Saunders and directed/written by Joe Robert Cole (co-writer of Black Panther), and guest stars on Red Line (producer Ava DuVernay for CBS) and The Good Fight (starring Christine Baranski). She holds commissions from Denver Center Theatre Company and The Old Vic in London. She will be recording a new play for Audible and is currently writing a screenplay about Sojourner Truth. Her playwright credits also include: Bread (Edgerton Award, WaterTower Theatre), Crowns (four Helen Hayes Awards, including Best Director), Oo-Bla-Dee (Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award), Drowning Crow (Broadway, MTC), The Trinity River Plays (Edgerton Foundation Award) and stop.reset (Signature Theatre Residency Five). Ms. Taylor received the Denzel Washington Endowed Chair Fordham University at Lincoln Center. An Artistic Associate of Goodman Theatre, she is its most produced playwright. She was a Signature Theater New York City Residency Five playwright. For her TV role as Lily Harper in I’ll Fly Away, she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress, three NAACP Image Awards and two Emmy Award nominations.  Her other television roles include The Unit. Taylor was Masterpiece Theatre’s first African American lead in Cora Unashamed, starred as Anita Hill in HBO’s Strange Justice (Gracie Award) and in A Good Day to Die starring Sidney Poitier. She has co-starred in USA Networks’ Dig and guest starred in Elementary and The Blacklist. Her film credits include Saturday Church, The Negotiator, Courage Under Fire, Clockers, and Lean on Me. Taylor was also the first Black woman to play Juliet in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway. Taylor has received honorary doctorates from Columbia College, DePaul University and Lake Forest College, and a Distinguished Alumnae Award from Southern Methodist University.