Success Story

Award-winning Playwright and Drama Professor W. Allen Taylor

“Teach from the heart and the head will follow,” says W. Allen Taylor, an award-winning playwright, director and actor who brings his 29 year-long award-winning acting career to the classroom and the stage at College of Marin. “I find teaching to be a wonderful way to ensure that I will continue to grow as an artist and as a human being.”

Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in acting from the American Conservatory Theatre. He has taught drama at COM since 2000. When he is not teaching, he is often acting and directing works throughout the country.

In his award-winning one-man play, Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins…In Search of My Father, Taylor brought to life the stories of the father he never knew, an acclaimed radio disc jockey in Cleveland, Ohio. His play won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle’s Best Solo Performance of 2006 Award and helped inspire in 2007 the posthumous induction of Bill Hawkins into the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Ohio. Other performances include the Broadway production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, directed by Lloyd Richards in 1996. A member of Actor’s Equity Association, Screen Actors’ Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, Taylor has performed on network television and in regional theaters around the country, including the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway companies Negro Ensemble Company and La Mama E.T.C.