Taylor is a director, playwright, and the head of Penumbra’s OKRA New Play Development Program. Most recently, Taylor directed <em>Black Nativity: A Season for Change </em>at Penumbra. Other select directing credits include the new opera <em>Fresh Faust </em>at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, <em>The Negroes Burial Ground</em> at the Kitchen, N.Y.C., <em>Uppa Creek </em>at Dixon Place, and <em>Ride The Rhythm</em> in the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival. He is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota where he has directed <em>The Wiz</em>, <em>Night Train To Bolina, </em>and <em>Execution of Justice</em>. Taylor has worked with Crossroads Theater, Rites and Reasons Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others. He is an alumni member of New Dramatists and holds a Bachelor’s and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Brown University. Playwright's Lab at Hollins in collaboration with Mill Mountain Theatre offers this guest speakers series. All the talks are free and open to the public, hosted on the Waldron Stage of Mill Mountain Theatre, 20 Church Avenue, S.E., downtown Roanoke. (http://www.millmountain.org).