Jean E. Taylor
Jean is a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education, working extensively in their local programs and in their international consultancies. She facilitated teaching artist workshops in Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia, and Mexico. In addition to the Tom Todoroff Conservatory, Jean teaches theatrical clown for The New School for Drama, The Barrow Group Theatre and has been a guest instructor at Fordham University, Marymount College, and NYU among others.
Wild Hair, Jean’s solo show was awarded a grant from The Maxine Greene Foundation to support The Wild Hair Living Room Tour and Wild Hairs, a documentary of the project. The tour visited living rooms, lofts, and a hair salon in New York City.
Wild Hair had previously been performed at Dixon Place, The Barrow Group, Mount Tremper Arts, and The Flynn Center in Vermont.
Jean’s current project, The Basement Plays, with director, Eric Nightengale and a cast
of eleven performers, premieres at The Barrow Group in January 2016. The Basement Plays, a trilogy of clown-inspired work, explores the power and resonance of play and imagination as antidotes to 21st Century angst.
Additional performing work includes The Reclamation with Hilary Easton + Company and Snatches, a play begun at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s New End Theatre, and presented on BBC Radio 4. Also for the 78th Street Theatre Lab: Beckett’s Rockaby, Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare, and Arlene Hutton’s See Rock City.
Jean studied clown/movement with Philippe Gaulier, David Shiner, Ronlin Foreman, and Merry Conway. She also participated in master classes with Jacques LeCoq and Bill Irwin. Her approach to theatrical clown, as it relates to actor training, has been published in Movement for Actors, Allworth Press. Jean has a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Denver, studied Dance and Choreography at California Institute of the Arts, earned an M.F.A. in Directing from Brooklyn College and received a Certification in The Alexander Technique from Joel Kendall/NYC. She is a member of The Teaching Artist Journal’s editorial board and a board member of The Maxine Green Center for Aesthetic Education and Social Imagination.