Taylor Wood

I am a storyteller.

Live theatre is my primary medium
Intuition paves my path
I believe unity is our power and diversity is our strength. I cultivate an open mind, which empowers me to work with many refractions of truth. My favorite way to disrupt is through humor. I embrace the concept of serious play—in the words of Albert Einstein: “Play is the highest form of research.”
I currently work as a professor of acting and collaboration at Virginia Tech, and plan to relocate to Chicago in Fall 2021.
Creating new work in ensemble invigorates me. I believe in igniting creativity and building relationships. Creative freedom combined with productive conflict allows for ever-deepening levels of trust. Building safe spaces for authentic expression supports bold leaps to uncharted territory.
The human body continually fascinates me. I have acquired many tools to inspire artists to tend to their own instruments. I encourage loving kindness for the Self through creativity, authentic movement, self-expression, community bonding, postural awareness, mindfulness, yoga, empathy, nonviolent language, and anything else that works really.
I enjoy exploring the interplay of conscious self-management and unconscious abandon. It is vital for me to spend time upside down every day.
I like to think of myself as a collection of bones inside of a meat sack. I work with subtle energy and believe in unseen forces. After all, we are governed by what we can’t see: think gravity, emotions, electromagnetism… I can feel strong emotional charges in others and I can read the energy in a room. I consider myself a dreamer, and believe in the power of dreams to influence creativity. I want to listen deeply, connect, and create. If you would like to connect, visit my contact page.
My mission is to live a life of creativity!
Play Quote Einstein