National Theater Company comes to ASC in fall 2009

(05-20-2009)

Dr. John Taylor's, Adams State College professor of theater, enthusiasm and commitment to his profession and students have inspired performers and audiences alike. Emily Stiles, 2009 graduate from the theatre program, said when asked what she will do with a theater degree, she quotes Taylor, "I will change the world."

He recently contracted with the National Theatre of the Deaf to conduct workshops and perform on October 15 and 16, to compliment the play, "Children of a Lesser God", his fall 2009 production. In preparation for the play, his actors are learning sign language over the summer and he is collaborating with Peggy Filer, instructor of American Sign Language at Adams State.

Taylor received the Presidential Teacher Award, recognizing outstanding undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring, in the spring of 2009. Over the last three years, his projects have included directing "Dead Man Walking," and "Fahrenheit 451," and the "Laramie Project," involving campus and community. He has brought to campus Sister Helen Prejean, the sister of St. Joseph of Medaille and advocate for the abolition of the death penalty; Luis Valdez, playwright, activist, and founder of El Teatro Campesino; and, via satellite, Ray Bradbury, author of "Fahrenheit 451".

Taylor said he is grateful for the funding from Adams State Associated Students and Faculty, which makes the visit by the National Theatre of the Deaf possible.

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By Linda Relyea