Artist Bio

Willa J. Taylor

(Bio as of September 2023)

Willa J. Taylor served as the Walter Director of Education and Community Engagement at Goodman Theatre from 2006 – 2023 where she collaborated with educators and community partners to transform learning and support equitable systemic change using arts-based strategies. She has created education and community programs for Lincoln Center, New Victory, and Arena Stage. Ms. Taylor is an adjunct at DePaul University, and has guest lectured on theater and social change at Yale, NYU, Spelman, Columbia College, Arizona State, and Northern Illinois University.

Her work has been published in Amazon all-stars: Thirteen lesbian plays, published by Applause Books; in Arts Integration in Education: Teachers and Teaching Artists as Agents of Change, published by Intellect Ltd; and in the forthcoming Applied Theater With Youth: Education, Engagement, Activism, to be published by Routledge in May. As a storyteller, she has performed for OUTSPOKEN, This Much is True, Serving the Sentence, and Do Not Submit.