Caroline Taylor (or Caroline Neisha Taylor) is a multi-hyphenate creative industries professional of Trinidadian and British parentage who was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago. Storytelling is her life-long passion, and she has trained and worked in the creative industries — theatre, film, TV, music, and media/publishing (print & digital) — for over 20 years, primarily in Trinidad, the US, and the UK.
Performing arts work (theatre, film, TV, commercials & voiceovers)
Caroline’s stage work ranges from (western) classical texts, musical theatre and opera; to contemporary drama and comedy; experimental theatre; and original Caribbean musicals. She has also worked in film, television, online video, and voiced and appeared in a number of radio and television commercials. Across the creative industries, she has worked as an actor, singer, and director; and also as a writer, script editor, producer, marketer/publicist, teacher, and grant writer/fundraiser. Very often, she wears several of those hats at once — working both on stage/screen and behind the scenes helping the projects come to fruition and find audiences. For a full list of performing arts credits, click here.
In addition to her work as a performer and director, Caroline also works in arts administration – particularly marketing and publicity (particularly digital marketing), development, and education for non-profits and SMEs. She has worked with premier US Off-Broadway theatre companies like Second Stage Theatre (2ST), 651 ARTS, and MCC Theater, as well as Jean-Ralph Thurin designs (also in the US); and with Caribbean Contemporary Arts (CCA7), Tony Hall’s Lordstreet Theatre Company, the Calabash Foundation for the Arts (founded by Maria Nunes), Trinidad Theatre Workshop (founded by Derek Walcott), the Patrons of Queen’s Hall, Raymond Choo Kong Productions, K2K Alliance & Partners, and the Marionettes Chorale in Trinidad.
Media (print, TV, online, social)
In the media industry, Caroline has had 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), and has scripted a number of radio and television commercials, and documentary shorts. She also works in online marketing (including content strategy, website development, search engine optimisation and digital/social media marketing), managing these initiatives for MEP Publishers 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); Book to Film Adaptation (British Council/Bocas Lit Fest); and Writing & Acting From Stage to Screen (Leda Serene Films/Trinidad & Tobago Entertainment Company), as well as certificate courses in: Content Strategy (Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications); Introduction to Screenwriting (University of East Anglia, UK); Film Production (ScreenSkills, UK); Designing Effective Arts Education Programs (New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development, USA); Inbound Marketing (HubSpot.com); and Mediation (Leah Wing/Williams College, USA).