The 2019 USITT Keynote Speech of Jackie Taylor

by Stage Directions

At this year's USITT in March, Black Ensemble Theater founder Jackie Taylor delivered an unforgettable Keynote address about perseverance, reaching for the stars, and not letting anything or anybody get in their way of their career and life pursuits. It is truly inspiring and motiviating, USITT has posted the video of the speech so if you missed it in Louisville here it is:


A Bit more background from Taylor's bio:
Jackie Taylor rose from modest roots to become a distinguished director, producer, actress, educator, singer, playwright and theater founder. As the Founder of the 40-year-old Black Ensemble Theater (BE), she has created a strong institution committed to eradicating racism.  BE is recognized throughout the nation for its outstanding original productions and exceptional educational outreach programs. Taylor has written and produced more than 100 plays and musical biographies, including The Marvin Gaye StoryThe Jackie Wilson StoryAll In Love Is Fair,The Other Cinderella, I Am Who I Am (The Story of Teddy Pendergrass), Don’t Make Me Over (The Story of Dionne Warwick), Don’t Shed A Tear (The Billie Holiday Story), Somebody Say Amen, At Last:  A Tribute To Etta James; among a myriad of other acclaimed productions.

She received her B.A. in theater from Loyola University. She earned a Master’s degree in Education from American College of Education and received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from DePaul University.  An outstanding teacher, Jackie has worked for the Chicago Board of Education, the Illinois Arts Council and Urban Gateways.  Through the years, Ms. Taylor has taught every grade level from Kindergarten through major universities.