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Kirk Taylor
File:Kirk Taylor Smiling.jpg
Born
Kirk Taylor

Bridgeport, Connecticut
WebsiteOfficial Website

Kirk Taylor is an American actor, acting teacher and musician with credits in films, television, Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Taylor owns the music publishing company Rising Oak Music.

Early life[edit]

The oldest of five children, Taylor was raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut by Dr. Robert Beecher Taylor and Rose Marie Taylor. He started performing on stage at Central High School.[1]

Taylor was the first African American to win the King of The Barnum Festival, a statewide scholastic and leadership competition. He also played in a local R&B group, The Mighty Chain Reaction.

Education[edit]

Taylor attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received a BFA (major in drama and minor in music). He studied acting under Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler, David Garfield, Barbara Covington Poitier, David Gideon, Elaine Aiken and Clay Stevens.[2] [3]

He studied composition with Lehman Engel and Vladimir Padwa; voice with Helen Lightner and Kenneth Kamal Scott; piano with John Randolph Eaton and Don Friedman; trumpet with Jimmy Owens. Taylor was a founding member of the Awamu Theater Company, the school’s only African American repertory company.

Career[edit]

Stage[edit]

In Off-Broadway productions, Taylor played the role of George the Barman in Take Me Along (1985), Bagheera the Panther in Mowgli (1985) and Joey Robbins in The War Party (1986). Taylor also performed as Edmond in the Off-Off-Broadway production of King Lear (1990) as part of the Brooklyn Shakespeare Company.

Taylor performed as Nomax in the first Broadway tour of 5 Guys Named Moe (1993).[4] [5]

He also played the lead role in the Off-Broadway tour of Jelly Roll! The Music & The Man (1997).[6] [7]

Taylor played the role of Dr. George Gibbs in Our Town (1998) with the South Coast Repertory.[8] [9] Taylor performed as General Vershinin in Three Sisters (2000) with Actor’s Alley.[10]

Taylor was the lead, opposite Chaka Khan, in the Stevie Wonder-inspired Las Vegas tribute show Signed, Sealed, Delivered (2002).[11]

Taylor appeared in the touring production of What Men Don’t Tell (2004), which included performances on Broadway at the Beacon Theater.

Film[edit]

Taylor appeared as Flash the Waiter in The Cotton Club (1984), Crunch in The Last Dragon (1985), The Giggler in Death Wish 3 (1985), Boxer in Heart (1987), Sir Nose in School Daze (1988), Sgt Payback in Full Metal Jacket (1987), Helicopter Gunner in Jacknife (1989), Renaldo in The Return of Superfly (1990), Weiss's Aide in Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Officer Randolf Davis in MacArthur Park (2001), AFRAT Specialist Wesson in The Sum of All Fears (2002), Officer Redman in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, (2014), Referee Burton in 12 Round Gun (2017) and Cephas in Revival! (2018).[12] [13]

Television[edit]

Taylor has appeared in True Blue (1990), Law & Order (1992 and 1996), Ghost Writer (1993), Chicago Hope (1999), To Have and To Hold (1998), Roland Brown in Freedom Song (TV movie - 2000), Sterling Hamilton in One Special Moment (TV movie – 2001) French attorney Gilles Lemaire in All My Children (2011) and NCIS: Los Angeles (2011).[14] [15]

Music[edit]

Taylor has added original music and lyrics to various productions: Cane (full score - Awamu Theater Company - 1980), The Prophet Nat (I'd Rather Be... - Off-Broadway - 1984), Take Me Along (Bedelia – Off-Broadway - 1985), The Trial of Hansel and Gretel (full score - George Street Playhouse - 1987), The Masque of St. George and The Dragon (full score - Marilyn Monroe Theater, Lee Strasberg Institute NYC - 1991) and One Special Moment (You're For Me and One Special Moment - BET - 2001).

Taylor has performed as a soloist with the New Song Gospel Choir (2004-09), Hour of Power - The Crystal Cathedral (2010-12) and Havana Jazz Festival (2016).

Taylor made his Carnegie Hall debut in Broadway Reunion (2014) with the Black Stars of the Great White Way.

Teaching[edit]

Taylor has taught acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute (1988-1993), The Young People’s, Professional, and for NYU programs. His students have included Jessie L. Martin, Chandra Wilson, Gary Dourdan, Karina Lombard, Charles Malik Whitfield, Jose Zuniga, Beth Littleford, Ken Marino, Mari Morrow, and Benno Fürmann.[16]

Taylor teaches 3-5 day acting intensives through his Art Group Acting Company in Montreal, Los Angeles, and the University of Nations Hawaii and Norway.

Taylor reflected on his acting career with Hollywood In Toto [17]:

I do see it as important … it illuminates things in the world, gives voice to things, creates change, even. Washington is the seat of power … Hollywood is the seat of influence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kirk Taylor (MP3). 25 February 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via KUCI.
  2. ^ THOMPSON, DAVE (7 March 2019). "Fate and Faith Offer Actor Kirk Taylor Another Memorable Role in "Revival"". Retrieved 7 March 2019 – via la.indymedia.org.
  3. ^ TOTO, CHRISTIAN (January 2019). "'Revival!'s Taylor Keeps the Faith On and Off Screen". Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Hollywood in Toto.
  4. ^ DRAKE, SYLVIE (16 July 1993). "Theater Reviews: 'Five Guys Named Moe': Thin Book, Huge Party". Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via LA Times.
  5. ^ EVERETT, TODD (16 July 1993). "Five Guys Named Moe". variety.com. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  6. ^ SHERMAN, ROBERT (30 March 1997). "'Mozart and Salieri' Planned on Two Stages". Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via NYTimes.com.
  7. ^ GANT-HILL, CATHY (22 March 1997). "Where Is Black Theater Headed?". Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Greensboro News and Record.
  8. ^ WINER, LAURIE (23 February 1998). "Stretching Borders of 'Our Town' Offers Sad Insight". Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via LA Times.
  9. ^ BACKSTAGE STAFF (20 February 2001). "Theater Reviews". Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Backstage.com.
  10. ^ MANUS, WILLARD (9 June 2000). "Two Productions of Three Sisters Will Open in L.A., June 9 and 10". Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Playbill.
  11. ^ JOHNSON, BILL (12 December 2018). "Fate and Faith Offer Actor Kirk Taylor Another Memorable Role". Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Studio City, CA Patch.
  12. ^ IRWIN, RON (January 11, 2019). "Paying Back and Beyond – Meet Kirk Taylor". Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Splash Magazines.
  13. ^ HOLLOWAY, NICOLE (18 December 2018). "Fate and Faith Offer Actor Kirk Taylor Another Memorable Role in "Revival"". Retrieved 7 March 2019 – via Kivo Daily.
  14. ^ IRWIN, RON (January 11, 2019). "Paying Back and Beyond – Meet Kirk Taylor". Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Splash Magazines.
  15. ^ HOLLOWAY, NICOLE (18 December 2018). "Fate and Faith Offer Actor Kirk Taylor Another Memorable Role in "Revival"". Retrieved 7 March 2019 – via Kivo Daily.
  16. ^ DOWD, JASON (19 March 2019). "Revival! The Next Generation of What Jesus Christ Superstar Meant to the 1970s". Retrieved 20 March 2019 – via AME Magazine.
  17. ^ TOTO, CHRISTIAN (January 2019). "'Revival!'s Taylor Keeps the Faith On and Off Screen". Retrieved 3 March 2019 – via Hollywood in Toto.

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