Annette Daniels Taylor is a playwright, poet, actor, teacher, singer and costumer. In 2009, Daniels Taylor won the Artie’s Emanuel Fried Award for New Play, A Little Bit of Paradise, which premiered at Road Less Traveled Productions in 2008.

She has worked on or behind many notable Buffalo and NYC stages, including HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, MTV, Apollo Theater, Black Entertainment Television, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo Ensemble Theatre, La Mama, and Nuyorican Poets CafĂ©. While working as a designer and stylist for Ruby Dee, Queen Latifah, Lenny Kravitz, and Russell Simmons, among others, she wrote and acted, and received a scholarship from the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. She and her husband, artist Rodney Taylor, moved to his native Buffalo so that they could devote more time to their art and their four children.

Her poetry is included in Mom Egg, a collection of mother-inspired literature. Daniels-Taylor’s performance Mama Songs for Children has toured WNY. Since 2006, she has been a coordinator for Mamapalooza Festival Buffalo. She is a co-founder of Down in My Soul Productions and a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild. Daniels-Taylor is writer-in-residence at The Langston Hughes Institute. She is also a teaching artist for The Arts in Education Institute of Western New York, Irish Classical Theatre Company and The African American Cultural Center.

Art Forms:
Ensemble,Literary,Music,Theater

Programs

Say What You Mean - Make a Zine!

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This fun hands-on workshop finds participants creating their own mini-magazine, from start to finish. They will write the content - poetry and stories - then design their own pages, cover and all elements of their zine. Engages on many levels, with imagination being one of the key components. The how, what and why of zines are discussed; historical and contemporary examples will be referenced. By the end of the residency, each participant will have created their own book. Can also be booked as a professional development workshop.
Grade Level:
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Quiet in the Studio

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Quiet In The Studio is an interactive digital-technology based theatre workshop. Through the process of improvisational sketch work students will write a multi-character episodic radio drama, learn vocal characterization and proper studio recording procedures. Students will rehearse and use digital technology to record their project. They will earn how to add music, sound effects and narration to complete their production. Story scripts can focus on classroom subjects, current department curriculum, character education, bullying or holiday themes and - unlike staged theatre productions- a radio drama can be set on land, sea, air or space. The possibilities are endless!
Grade Level:
5-12
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Mapping the Road to Canaan

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Students will study the "Generalized Routes to Freedom" map c.1860. By studying the physical features, topography, state boarders, major cities and waterways of the Eastern U.S. students will gain a better understanding of the reality freedom seeking slaves faced as they set out on their journey to Canada. A discussion of the risks and common dangers that escaping slaves faced will be explored through the telling of true accounts from actual slave narratives. Students will learn about documented stops on the Underground Railroad in the Western New York region and will be asked to compose a plan in the form of a creative narrative. Students will be asked consider the following questions: Which state would your journey begin in? What route will you take? What places will you be sure to avoid? Who and what will you take with you?
Grade Level:
4-12
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Poetry Word Train

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After looking at slave imagery including print images from the 1800's periodicals, paintings from Jacob Lawrence's "Migration" series and the historical painting, "The Underground Railroad" by Charles T. Weber, students will share words that the imagery brings to mind. These words will be compiled on a visual word wall and students will be asked to use these words too create a group or individual poem from their collection.
Grade Level:
4-12
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Letters from the Underground

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In this workshop students will work with authentic photographs of former American slaves and slave children. Using the portraits as inspiration, students will listen to excerpts from actual letters written by escaped slaves, owners, and conductors who were involved in U.S. slave trade and the Underground Railroad effort. Many of these letters were written in code and provide an interesting starting point for examining the practice of slavery and the "criminal literacy" of enslaved people. Students will be challenged to assume the identity of the person in the photograph they receive and will write a letter that responds to the content of the original correspondence.
Grade Level:
4-12
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Stories through the Microphone

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A spoken word performance of original, personal poetry and stories by an award-winning playwrite and poet.

Class workshops include writing exercises to assist students with writing poetry about their lives and the world around them. The program will allow students to gain confidence in their voice as a poet and will provide an opportunity to practice the performance skills and microphone work necessary to deliver poetry on stage. The workshop culminates with a class performance.

Best when offered as a residency of 3 sessions or more.

This program can be tailored to suit an adult audience and is available as a professional development workshop. A spoken word performance of original, personal poetry and stories by an award-winning playwrite and poet.

 
Grade Level:
4-12
Audience Limit:
250
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$455.00

Mama Songs

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A solo Hip-Hop musical performance and love poem. The artist illustrates her relationship with the women who raised her, based on childhood memories and the voices of three generations of mothers. Original poetry, prose and songs performed over hip-hop beats, produced by Buffalo's DJ Reazon. This program was originally commissioned by the Arts in Education Institute of WNY.

The workshop format of this program includes student practice writing prose and poetry memoirs about themselves and their families.

This program can be tailored to suit an adult audience and is available as a professional development workshop.
Grade Level:
3-12
Audience Limit:
250
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$455.00

Nancy Goes to Seneca Falls

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It's 1848 and Nancy Freeman, a wife, mother and former slave, is traveling in her husbands boat down the Erie Canal to be part of the Women's Convention in Seneca Falls, NY. Nancy shares stories and songs about life as a slave, and her life as a free woman on New York's Erie Canal.
Grade Level:
4-Adult
Audience Limit:
250
Performance cost (back to back):
$455.00