Dr. John Taylor
Professor of Theatre
Ohio State University, 1994
Dr. John H. Taylor (The Ohio State University, 1994) is a Professor of Theatre. He teaches Acting, Introduction to Theatre, Women and Drama, Classical Drama, Modern Drama, Contemporary Drama, and Shakespeare.
At Adams State, he has directed a variety of productions including The Laramie Project, A Doll's House, A Christmas Carol, and Fahrenheit 451. His productions of True West (2003) and Children of a Lesser God (2009) were selected as Rocky Mountain Theatre Association Regional Showcase productions and presented at RMTA's annual festival.
In 2006, he directed Dead Man Walking as part of the national DMW School Theatre Project. With a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read program, Dr. Taylor organized and directed the ASU Fahrenheit 451 Project during the 2007-08 academic year. From distributing 3,000 free copies of the book Fahrenheit 451 around the San Luis Valley to campus events with Luis Valdez of El Teatro Campesino and legendary author Ray Bradbury and more, the project brought together the college and valley-wide community to share a great book and creatively explore issues that are of the utmost importance to our lives as citizens in a free society.
In 2011, he created The R&J Project which featured a cutting edge production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as well as a series of community events that examined the role of conflict and forgiveness in our lives.
He is a past-president of the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association and a Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) Scholar. In 2004, the Associated Students and Faculty (AS&F) recognized Dr. Taylor for Excellence in Academic Advising.
In 2006, he was a nominee for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education's U.S. Professor of the Year Award. In 2009, he received the AS&F Recognition Award for Excellence in Student Engagement.
Also in 2009, Dr. Taylor was awarded the ASU Presidential Teacher Award for outstanding teaching. In 2010, he was selected by ASU students to present a "Last Lecture" as an Autumn @ Adams event.