Caroline Taylor (or Caroline Neisha Taylor) is a performer and media worker who was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, and has worked, studied and performed in Trinidad, the United States, and Great Britain since childhood
Performing arts work (theatre, film, TV, commercials/voiceovers)
Caroline’s stage work ranges from (western) classical texts and opera to contemporary tragi-comedies and Caribbean folk musicals, while her inter-disciplinary solo show, Pack Light,debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2006. In recent years, she has made the leap as an actor both to film (making her film debut in A Story About Wendy 2, which premiered in 2014 at the Zanzibar Film Festival, and won the People’s Choice Award at the subsequent Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival); and to television, where she appears in the forthcoming The Apartment series on TV6.
She has also taken up the mantle of stage directing, starting with a 2011 production of Bizet’s Carmen and the 2014-15 Caribbean premiere of Les Misérables, both with the Marionettes. She served as well as Assistant Director to Patricia Cumper (MBE) on the world premiere of Jab Molassie.
As a vocalist, she sings with the Marionettes Chorale, and has sung and recorded with Orisha singer/songwriter Ella Andall. Additionally, Caroline has appeared in print and television commercials, and has voiced (and scripted) several rado advertisements that have aired both in Trinidad & Tobago and internationally, working with local advertising agencies like McCann Erickson; Inglefield/Ogilvy Caribbean; Publicis Caribbean; AMPLE Advertising; Pepper Advertising; and JOOP Advertising.
For a full list of performance credits, click here.
In addition to her work as a performer and director, Caroline also works in non-profit arts administration – particularly marketing, development and education. She has worked with premier US Off-Broadway theatre companies like Second Stage Theatre (2ST), 651 ARTS, and MCC Theater; and with Caribbean Contemporary Arts (CCA7), Derek Walcott’s Trinidad Theatre Workshop (TTW), the Patrons of Queen’s Hall, and the Marionettes Chorale in Trinidad.
Media (print, TV, online, social)
In the media industry, Caroline has hd features, profiles, theatre and film reviews and more published in print and online magazines and newspapers including: Caribbean Beat, The Caribbean Review of Books, Discover Trinidad & Tobago, CariVele, the Trinidad Express, OUTLISH, the Williams Record, the Williams Literary Review, AfterEllen, ArtsHub (UK), and The Guardian (UK). She was a writer and producer for the 2007 C-TV documentary series Iere Vibe for Diefferent Style Flims (created by Danielle Dieffenthaller). She also works in online marketing (including website development, search engine optimisation and social media marketing), managing these initiatives for MEP (Media & Editorial Projects Ltd) and the Marionettes, and freelancing or volunteering with other small businesses and nonprofits. For a full list of writing credits, click here.
Education & training
Winner of a Commonwealth Scholarship; Hutchinson Fellowship for Theatre; and Trinidad & Tobago National Scholarship for Languages, Caroline has a Master of Arts degree in Theatre & Performance from the University of London, Goldsmiths; and an undergraduate degree in Performance Studies from Williams College. She has also studied performance (voice, dance and experimental theatre) at the Trinity/La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company’s (E.T.C.) and acting for theatre, film and television at the Lee Strasberg Film & Theatre Institute, both in New York City (USA). Caroline has also completed workshops in Script Development (British Council/Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival) and Writing & Acting From Stage to Screen (Leda Serene Films/Trinidad & Tobago Entertainment Company), as well as certificate courses in: Introduction to Screenwriting (University of East Anglia, UK); Film Production (Creative Skillset, UK); Designing Effective Arts Education Programs (New York University, USA); Mediation (Leah Wing/Williams College, USA); and Inbound Marketing (HubSpot.com).