Dr. John Taylor

I am Dr. John Taylor (The Ohio State University, 1994) and I serve as the Director of Theatre at Adams State University. In addition to coordinating our program, I teach Acting, Introduction to Theatre, Directing, Women and Drama, Classical Drama, Modern Drama, Contemporary Drama, Theatre and Social Change, and Performance Art.

I believe art matters and theatre can have a real and lasting impact. The classroom and the stage should be at the forefront of efforts to examine our personal beliefs and the major societal issues of the day. Both can be places where injustice, ignorance, and the prejudices of the past can be exposed and new understandings of the human experience explored. Most importantly, each can be a site where a multiplicity of voices can be heard in discourse.

Since joining our faculty in 1999, the focus of my creative work has been to explore the ways in which theatre can be a catalyst for social justice and community engagement. Working with my students, we’ve created a variety of issue-oriented theatre events including Standing Strong: The ASU Equality Project (marriage equality), The R&J Project (forgiveness and reconciliation) , The ASC Fahrenheit 451 Project (1st Amendment), the 365 Days/365 Plays project, the ASC Dead Man Walking Theatre Project (death penalty), and The Laramie Project (homophobia and hate crimes).

At Adams State, I have directed additional productions including True West, A Doll's House, A Christmas Carol, Nickel and Dimed, Miracle on 34th Street, Children of a Lesser God, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, and The Outsiders.

A portion of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays was selected to be performed at the 2016 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival in Denver.

At Adams State University, our Theatre program practices the art of making a difference. From the classics to contemporary drama, comedy improv to social change theatre, our students are challenged to explore theatre in its various forms in order to gain a more expansive understanding of what it is they study and what they can do with their lives. If you are interested in studying theatre with us at ASU, please contact me at jhtaylor@adams.edu

In 2009, I was honored to be awarded the ASU Presidential Teacher Award for outstanding teaching. In 2010, I was selected by ASU students to present the inaugural "Last Lecture" as an Autumn@Adams event.