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About me

I believe in the power of storytelling to connect and move us

 

I believe theater holds the power to inspire and transform

 

I believe in igniting the creative potential in myself and others

 

I believe in working together to deepen dialogue 

 

I believe in moving and spending time upside down

 

Taylor Wood

Performer

I performed for the first time in 1st grade—I played a chimpanzee. I enjoyed throwing my body around the stage and making wild noises. I love making people laugh! Aaaand I caught the acting bug…

I took on many roles throughout grade school: Snow White, William Shakespeare in Odyssey of the Mind, Edna in Bye Bye Birdie, and Abby Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, to name a few. I competed and won many titles in dramatic, humorous, duo, poetry, and prose interpretation over a four-year period on my high school forensics team (forensics: aka speech, interpretation, and debate). My senior year, I won Overall Tournament Champion at the Ole Miss annual forensics competition, and received a generous scholarship to attend the University of Mississippi.

I went on to receive my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Ole Miss. My favorite roles in college were Rose of Sharon in The Grapes of Wrath, Theresa Bedell in Boy Gets Girl, and Olivia in Twelfth Night with Oxford Shakespeare Festival. I won various titles competing on the Ole Miss Forensics Team for all four years of undergraduate school. I was also a member of Oxford’s Laff Co Professional Improv Comedy Troupe for three years.

I moved back to my hometown of Memphis, TN to perform with Playhouse on the Square and Theatre Memphis. I enjoyed my first stint as a working theatre professional, and I made enough freelancing to file taxes as a professional artist (goal=check). My favorite roles in the Memphis area were Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men, Butterbean in Front Porch Fairy Tales, and Claire in Proof. Our production of Proof won two Ostrander awards for Best Ensemble Acting and Best Dramatic Production.

In Fall 2015, I entered the Master of Fine Arts in Acting program at the University of Georgia. I completed my 3-year masters degree in 2018, with a culminating thesis project on playing Sharon in Detroit by Lisa D’Amour. This role was my favorite by far, and I wrote a book documenting my process. My acting credits for graduate school can be explored more extensively on my work (LINK) page.

I am always looking for opportunities to perform: whether it is scripted work, devised theater, contemporary drama, film work, broad comedy, children’s theater, classical theater, standup, improv comedy, and everything in between.

I am in the process of developing and remounting a one-woman show called Sexiety. My goal is to air the show in March 2021—more details coming soon.

teacher

I started teaching early, with my little twin sisters in the playroom. My first official gig was teaching preschool, grade school, and advanced gymnastics with Wings Gymnastics in Memphis, TN. I relocated briefly to New York City in 2013, where I served as a lead gymnastics instructor at Uptown Sports Complex and Discovery Programs, Inc.

I returned to Memphis, TN and taught principles of documentary theatre in the After School Acting Program at Playhouse on the SquareI primarily worked as a core member of ShoWagon, Theatre Memphis’ professional touring company. Our four-person team traveled around the Memphis area to perform four different shows. We offered acting, audio theatre, and writing workshops to elementary, middle and high school students. 

 

Taylor Wood Teaching

I taught three sections of Introduction to Acting as a part of my master’s program at the University of Georgia, for which I received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Directly following graduation, I was invited to Cortona, Italy to teach commedia dell’arte and improvisation to undergraduate students. I also got engaged there!

I was brought on to teach another year at the University of Georgia. I taught Foundations of Acting to new theatre majors and Scene Study for advanced theatre majors. I also taught The Georgia Incarceration Project, where I facilitated student research at the special collections library to uncover Georgia’s carceral history. This research laid the groundwork for a devised theater production performed at UGA in conjunction with Spelman College. 

I currently teach three sections of Introduction to Acting and one section of Introduction to Applied Collaborative Techniques to non-majors at Virginia Tech. Last January I was contracted by the University of Mississippi as a speech coach for MBA, accounting and law students at the annual Speaker’s Edge Competition. I will serve in this role again in January 2021.

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