Colin Taylor

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Colin Taylor is an award-winning director and producer in Canada. He is also a playwright, teacher, designer, sound and video editor, literary critic and dramaturge. He is well known for his unconventional approach and his controversial theatrical choices. [1]

Colin Taylor


He graduated from the the University of Toronto, in Drama and Philosophy, and a former Rotary with an honours degree. He also is a Rotary Foundation International Scholar at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. [2]


Currently he is the Producing Artistic Director of Arts&Science Performance Company. Before this, he was the Founding Artistic Producer of the company Theatre WUM and also was the Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Passe Muraille. He worked for both of these companies in Toronto. Working for Theatre WUM, the main mission for Taylor was to "to explore African continuities,”. During this controversial time, Taylor created six shows between 1991 and 1994. This began with Jeff Stetson's The Meeting, about a made up meeting between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King (1991). Next this show was followed by Radiance of the King in the same year, then Suzan Lori-Park's The Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (1992), and Titus Andronicus and The Urban Donnellys (with Theatre Passe Muraille, 1993).

He has also worked as a Producer and Director of Radio Drama for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He spent time going to universities to speak to students as a Visiting Artist, Director. He also was a lecturer in playwriting at many different universities all over the country including Brock University, University of Windsor, University of Toronto, Queen's University, and Bishop’s University. [3]

His Work in Playwriting

  • The Polished Hoe (adapted from the Giller and Commonwealth Prize-winning novel by Austin Clarke)
  • The Radiance of the King (adapted from the novel by Camara Laye)
  • In the Dark
  • Wilder
  • The Size of It
  • Wind-Tunnel Watson and the Rhapsody of Sorrows
  • Kneel

Name:Colin Taylor
Location:University of Toronto