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BA Theatre CofC

Mrs. Meredith T. Taylor

Meredith T. Taylor graduated from the College of Charleston in 1997 with a BA in theatre. While at the College, her concentrations were in Theatrical Performance and English. After graduation she pursued a career in video and television production through a position in the production department at WOLO television in Columbia, SC. This position taught her the basics of camera operation, editing, programming  and control room operation. 

Meredith and her family relocated to Charleston where she began theatrical directing for the Porter-Gaud School. (2001-2003) After the success of Les Miserable’ and My Fair Lady, she was asked to serve as the theatrical choreographer for Charleston Southern University. (2002-2004) Upon relocating to Florence, Mrs. Taylor began teaching as a private vocal coach specializing in musical theatre. Several of her former students are currently starring in leading roles on Broadway and have taken roles in major motion pictures. 

In 2011, Meredith created a musical theatre group called the Palmetto Players. In the three years she trained these performers, over seventy students representing each of FSD1’s high schools passed through her vocal performance program. Her students went on to receive Broadway callbacks, X-Factor golden ticket recipients, and FSD1 Vocal Star winners. She prepared her performers for performance choir auditions, local and national theatrical auditions, and recitals. 

In 2013, Meredith received a teaching position at Trinity Collegiate School. (formerly Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate) She served as their theatrical director and taught: High School Drama 1&2, Middle School Drama, Middle School Music, & High School Cinematography. During her time at Trinity she directed 10 musicals and 5 plays. In late 2017, Meredith briefly moved to Louisiana to relocate with her husband’s job. In her break from teaching, Meredith wrote two YA fantasy fiction novels that were accepted for publication through Barnes & Noble, Churning Waters & Clashing Waters. (currently available at all book retailers , ebook and ibook sites)

 In 2019 she joined the South Florence Arts Magnet School faculty. She currently teaches Studio Production & Film Design, Musical Theatre, Theatre History & Theatre 1 at SFHS. She is currently working towards her MFA. In addition to her novels, she has written and performed 5 original theatrical productions. Mrs. Taylor has received funding and has purchased the performance rights to The Lion King Experience, scheduled for 2020, or whenever covid audience restrictions are lifted. 

Meredith is married to her college sweetheart, and they have 4 magical daughters.

 

Additional Experience/Awards

 

SFHS Teacher of the Month              April 2020

Churning Waters, Clashing Waters Author, Published Grey Circle (2014, 2017)

SC Theatre Assoc. MS Judge, Comedic Monologue 2016

SC Theatre Assoc. HS Musical Theatre 2nd Place 2015

PAÍS Fine Arts Board                         2014-2017 Planning Committee 

PAIS Instructor 2014-2017 Musical Theatre, Stage Combat Rapier, 

Stage Combat Broadsword, Stage Choreography   

SCISA 2015, 2016 Choral Director

CRASH Live Drama 2011-2013 Youth Drama Director

EBC Children’s Drama 2005-2010 Children’s Musical Director

Carver Elementary Drama 2005-2010 Thanksgiving Drama Director

Kilbourne Park BC 1998-1999 Musical Director

South Carolina Theatre Conference First Place Ensemble Theatre (1993) 

Second Place Ensemble Theatre (1994)

SC Speech Communications Assoc. First Place Ensemble Theatre (1994)



Production Experience

 

The Lion King Jr.                              Director/Choreographer FMU Amphitheatre/SFHS 

Les Miserables Director/Choreographer Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Beauty and the Beast Jr. Director/Choreographer Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Footloose Director/Choreographer Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Robin Hood and His Merry Men Director Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Shrek Director/Choreographer Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Pride and Prejudice Director Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Alice in Wonderland Director Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

A Charlie Brown Christmas Director Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

The Musketeer Director/Playwright Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

The Lion King Jr. Director/Choreographer Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Hairspray Director/Choreographer Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Alice in Zombieland Director Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Fortress Director Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Grease Director/Choreographer Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Into the Woods Director/Choreographer Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Les’ Miserable Director/Choreographer Porter-Gaud School   

My Fair Lady Director/Choreographer Porter- Gaud School

South Pacific Musical Choreographer Charleston Southern Univ.

Oklahoma! Musical Choreographer Charleston Southern Univ.

Dutchman Director College of Charleston

High School: It’s a Concept Director 3D Productions of Charleston

Four Musketeers Stage Production Emmett – Robinson Theatre

Betti the Yetti Stage Production Emmett – Robinson Theatre

Dancing at Lughnasa Costume Construction College of Charleston     

Westside Story Stage Production College of Charleston

Our Town Stage Production             University of SC Spartanburg

The Choice Director Kilbourne Park BC

We Like Sheep Director EBC Drama Dpt.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Director EBC Drama Dpt.

Go, Go Jonah!             Director/Choreographer EBC Drama Dpt.

Life School Musical Director EBC Drama Dpt.

Angels Aware Director/Choreographer EBC Drama Dpt.

Shout Praises Director EBC Drama Dpt.

A Christmas for Misfit Toys Director/Playwright EBC Drama Dpt.

Romeo and Juliet: A Modern ParodyDirector/Playwright CRASH Live Youth Drama

The Perfect Woman Director/Playwright CRASH Live Youth Drama

Mamma Tia Director/Playwright CRASH Live Youth Drama

The Game Director/Playwright CRASH Live

A Walk Down Broadway Musical Director Palmetto Players

Bits of Broadway Musical Director Palmetto Players @FMU

Mary, Did You Know Director/Script Editor CRASH Live Youth Drama

 

Stage/ Professional Experience

 

Sylvia Sylvia Front and Center Players

Henry VI Part I Lady Percy Physicians Auditorium

Four Musketeers Madame de Bois Tracy Emmett-Robinson Theatre

Steel Magnolias Clairee Center Stage Production

Grease Sandy Spartanburg Little Theatre

You Can’t Take It with You Alice Universityof SC Spartanburg

Diviners Jeanie-Mae Universityof SC Spartanburg

Escape from Nemotex             Squid Dorman Players Production

Inside Out Jackie Dorman Players Production

Who? Lisa Dorman Players Production

Fortress Kim 3-D Production

That Day Patricia 3-D Production

An Overpraised Season Ensemble 3-D Production

We Like Sheep Whitey             FBC Spartanburg

Angels Aware Ensemble FBC Spartanburg

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