Regina Taylor was born in Dallas, Texas, where her mother, a poet and painter, raised her daughter by working for the Social Security Administration. Taylor studied journalism and acting at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, but after graduation, she moved to New York City and began performing off-off- Broadway. She became associated with Joseph Papp's Public Theatre, where she played crowd scenes and small parts before she worked her way up to leading roles in Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet ( Taylor has the distinction of being Broadway's first black Juliet) and As You Like It.
In addition to her stage work, Regina Taylor was creating a career in film and television, beginning with a role in Crisis at Central High, a dramatization of the integration of Arkansas schools in the 1950s. She appeared in the film Lean on Me and in the television movie "The Howard Beach Story." However, she is best known to television audiences as the strong and compassionate maid Lilly Harper on the acclaimed series "I'll Fly Away," a role that garnered her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama and an Emmy Award nomination.
Regina Taylor adapted two one-act plays by German playwright Franz Xavier Kroetz ( Ghost Train and Sty Farm) which were workshopped at the Public Theatre in New York. She has also been commissioned by the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta to write the book for a musical based on the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and she is an associate artist at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
Regina Taylor's plays utilize a freedom of dramatic form and structure to examine powerful personal, social, and political issues. This unique combination