Regina Taylor Honored at The 52nd Chicago Internationa’l Television Awards 2016
Edited by Kai EL’ Zabar
It’s been a little more than 50 years, that the Chicago International Television Awards has honored the very best in television productions and commercials. This years International Television Awards Night, is Wednesday April 20
Receiving special awards this year are Director, Playwright and Emmy Award-Winning Actor Regina Taylor; Entertainment Reporter Janet Davies; Entertainment Reporter Bill Zwecker; and HBO. The celebratory evening, hosted by WGN’s Dan Ponce and Robin Robinson, begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception at Lucky Strike Lounge located at 322 E. Illinois Street followed by the Awards Ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
Actress/director/playwright and Golden Globe-winnerRegina Taylor will receive this year’s Career Achievement Award. Best known for her role as Lily Harper in “I’ll Fly Away,” she garnered a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress, three NAACP Image Awards and two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Other television roles include “Dig,” “The Unit,” Masterpiece Theatre’s “Cora Unashamed” and the upcoming ABC pilot “Time After Time.” Taylor’s film credits include “The Negotiator,” “Courage Under Fire,” “A Family Thing,” “The Keeper,” “Clockers,” “Losing Isaiah” and “Lean on Me.” Taylor was also the first Black woman to play Juliet in William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” on Broadway. Other theater credits include “The Tempest” (L.A. Dramalogue Award), “As You Like It,” “Macbeth,” “Machinal,” “The Illusion” and “Jar the Floor.”
Though Dallas-born she has spent so much time in Chicago, it’s her second home and we gladly claim her. As a talent goes she has made even greater strides in recent years as a playwright. Born on August 22, 1960, she was raised in Oklahoma where she became acutely aware of racial bias while attending a newly integrated school in Muskogee. She went on to study at Southern Methodist University and graduated in 1981, subsequently moving to New York. She made her professional acting debut in the CBS made-for-TV movie Crisis at Central High (1981).
As an accomplished playwright, director and Artistic Associate of Goodman Theatre, Chicago, she is one of its most produced contemporary playwrights. Her play “stop.reset.” premiered at the Goodman, and then at Signature Theatre in New York City where she is a Residency Five playwright. Other playwright credits include “Crowns” (four Helen Hayes awards, including Best Regional Musical), “Oo-Bla-Dee,” (Steinberg-ATCA new play award) and “Drowning Crow,” (Broadway, Manhattan Theatre Club), “Magnolia” and “The Trinity River Plays” (Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award).
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