All You Can Do Is Laugh
by Estelle Rosen
Tommy Taylor is a theatre artist, activist and NGO fundraiser living in Toronto. Recently he was assistant director / video designer on Keystone Theatre’s Dora award-winning silent film meets stage project, The Belle of Winnipeg, adaptor/director of Dear Everybody at the CanStage 2009 Festival of Ideas and Creation and winner of the 2010 InspiraTO 10-minute playwriting competition for Sandwich. Mr Taylor was the director of Vancouver based playwright Jordan Hall’s award-winning Kayak for its North American premiere in the 2010 SummerWorks Festival (CBC and NOW critics pick). He is a graduate of the Centre for Cultural Management (University of Waterloo/ CCCO), The Vancouver Film School and Humber College’s Community Arts Development Program.
Mr. Taylor was arrested (but never charged) and detained during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. He has since turned his account of the experience into You Should Have Stayed Home, one of the top shows at the 2011 SummerWorks Festival, now on a cross-Canada tour.
Arts Court Theatre in Ottawa November 20-23