Jamie Taylor named to N.E. Theatre Conference board

Jamie Taylor
Jamie Taylor, professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, has been appointed to the New England Theatre Conference’s Board of Directors (College/University Theatre Division).

Taylor will also serve as the theatre representative for the state of Rhode Island.

“It is truly an honor and a wonderful opportunity to be a part of New England’s largest and oldest regional theatre association,” Taylor said. “With this appointment comes great responsibility, and I am excited to play a role in promoting excellence in theatre for the New England area and supporting quality theatre and performance in all of its diversity.”

Taylor added, “My appointment is a great testament to our theatre program at Rhode Island College. In the past few years, RIC Theatre has made a major impact in collegiate theatre around the New England region. Our theatre students have gathered acclaimed internships in acting and musical theatre around the country. Our musical theatre program, under the direction of Bill Wilson, continues to be a leader in the state, playing to packed houses and racking up awards and honors. I am proud to serve as a theatre representative for not only the college, but the state of Rhode Island.”

Since coming to RIC in 2000, Taylor, a director, dramaturg, actor and playwright, has won numerous awards, including, most recently, Motif Magazine’s college production of the year for “Almost, Maine.” While at RIC, he has directed “The Little Foxes,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “Steel Magnolias” among many others. His plays “Blood Line,” “Bodies That Blow in the Wind,” “When A Black Woman Speaks,” and “A White Man's A Comin'” have all been produced by the Black Actors Guild in Tallahassee, Fla.

He is a member of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), New England Theatre Conference (NETC), The Drama League, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (life-time member).

The New England Theatre Conference is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing its members with professional services, career development and recognition awards in the live theater arts. NETC is a recognized voice for practitioners in youth, secondary, university, community and professional theatre.