Jeremy James Taylor

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Jeremy James Taylor was born in Tunbridge Wells and educated at Dauntsey’s School. Before going to Durham University he spent his gap year as Student in Residence at The Northcott Theatre, Exeter, working under Tony Church and Robin Phillips.

At Durham he directed many productions touring them to The Edinburgh and Harrogate Festivals. Following Durham he spent a year at Manchester University where he was awarded a Diploma in Drama with Distinction.

The day after finishing at Manchester in 1972 he started work at The National Theatre with The Young Vic company working under Frank Dunlop as an actor, appearing in many productions including Scapino (also on Broadway), the premiere of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (also at The Roundhouse and for Granada TV) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

In 1975 he was made Associate Director at the now independent Young Vic where he directed many productions including The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Real Inspector Hound, All Walks of Leg and Rosencrantz and Guilenstern are Dead.

In 1976, following an invitation from Belmont School to create and direct a new music theatre production, he wrote The Ballad of Salomon Pavey which, following the school production, travelled to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it won one of the highly prestigious early Scotsman Fringe First awards. It was invited to London as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Festival Celebrations in 1977 and was televised by ATV that same year.

His work with schools and young people continued in tandem with his professional work which went on to include productions at The English National Opera (Ariadne Auf Naxos), Glyndebourne Touring (La Fedelta Premiata, conducted by Simon Rattle), and extensive work with Drama Schools, he also worked abroad at the National Theatre of Norway and The Banff Fine Arts Centre in Canada.

In 1981, faced with the decision to return to Glyndebourne for another season or to take a new production with what had now become The Children's Music Theatre to Edinburgh, he chose the latter and soon his role as the Artistic Director of the young company became full-time.

In 1985, the CMT changed its name to The National Youth Music Theatre which occupied him for the next 18 years!

Since 2004 he has been working as a freelance director, teacher and film casting director and continues writing music theatre works. He has been Director in Residence at Portsmouth Grammar School and Acting Head of Drama at Beechwood Park School in Hertfordshire.