Regina Taylor to visit as Abelson Artist
An Evening with Regina Taylor
Actress, writer, director
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 • 5:30 p.m.
Annie May Swift Auditorium
1920 Campus Drive
Regina Taylor — known to television audiences for her starring role in the critically acclaimed series “I’ll Fly Away” and as the first African-American woman to play Juliet in Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet” on Broadway — will discuss her work for theatre, TV and film in a free public event on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University.
Taylor received numerous honors for her role in “I’ll Fly Away” as a black housekeeper who increasingly becomes involved in the civil rights movement. Among those accolades are a Golden Globe, an NAACP Image Award and two Emmy Award nominations. She also starred in the CBS hit drama “The Unit,” and in 2008 took home the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama for her work on that show.
An accomplished playwright, Taylor won the American Critics' Association's new play award for her play “Oo-Bla-Dee,” and is the author of “Drowning Crow,” an adaptation of Chekhov's “The Seagull.” Her critically acclaimed “Crowns” was the most performed musical in the country in 2006. Her play “Magnolia” premiered this year at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, directed by Tony Award-winning Northwestern Associate Professor Anna Shapiro. More information about Regina Taylor can be found at www.reginataylor.com
The Hope Abelson Artist-in-Residence Program began in 1990 with a gift from Hope Altman Abelson, who studied theatre at Northwestern University and became a Broadway producer. The first Abelson Artist was opera and theatre director Peter Sellars. Subsequent Abelson artists have included playwright Tony Kushner, actor and director Brian Bedford and actors Cherry Jones, Meryl Streep and Bill Irwin.