Julie Taymor Biography (1952?-)

Born December 15, 1952 (some sources say 1953), in Boston, MA; daughter of Melvin Lester (a gynecologist) and Elizabeth (a political science teacher; maiden name, Bernstein) Taymor; companion of Elliot Goldenthal (a composer). Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 40 West 57th St., NewYork, NY 10009.; Publicist: I/D PR NY, 451 Greenwich St., 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Designer, director, writer, puppeteer, actress
Birth Details
December 15, 1952?
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Director
  • The Haggadah, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1980-1982
  • Transposed Heads, Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Liberty Taken, Castle Hill Festival, 1985
  • The Tempest, Theatre for a New Audience, 1986, then CSC RepertoryTheatre, New York City, and American Shakespeare Festival, Hartford, CT.
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Theatre for a New Audience, 1988
  • Oedipus Rex (opera), Saito Kinen Festival, Matsumo, Japan, 1992
  • The Magic Flute (also known as Die Zauberflote), Teatro della Pergola, Florence, Italy, 1993, later Piccolo Teatro del Commundale, Florence, 1997
  • Titus Andronicus, Theatre for a New Audience, 1994
  • The Green Bird, Theatre for a New Audience, then La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, CA, 1996
  • Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1996-1997
  • The Lion King, New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City, 1997-1998, then Lyceum Theatre, London, 1999-2001
  • Also directed Salome, Kirov Opera, St. Petersburg, Russia; TheFlying Dutchmen, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles; Way of Snow; Perjuangan Suku Naga.
  • Stage Work
  • Other
  • Puppets, The Elephant Calf, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 1973
  • Costumes, Seeds of Atreus, Oberlin Group, 1974
  • Production design, Way of Snow, Teatr Loh, Java, Bali, 1976, laterArk Theatre, New York City, 1980, World Puppet Festival, Washington, DC, 1980
  • Production design, Tirai, Teatr Loh, Java, Bali, 1978, later La MaMa Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Production design, The Odyssey, Center Stage, Baltimore, MD, 1979
  • Production design, Sea Rhythms, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1980
  • Production design, The Haggadah, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1980-1982
  • Production design, Black Elk Lives, Entermedia, NY, 1981
  • Moving sculptures and shadows, Savages, Center Stage, 1982
  • Sets, Do Lord Remember Me, American Place Theatre, New York City,1982
  • Masks and puppets, This Chameleon Love, Theatre for a New Audience, New York City, 1982-1983
  • Transposed Heads, Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Puppet and mask design and choreography, The King Stag, Loeb Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1984
  • Masks, puppets, sets, and costumes, Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass,St. Clement's Church, New York City, 1988, then Vivian Beaumont Theatre, NewYork City, 1996-1997
  • Codesigner, The Green Bird, Theatre for a New Audience, then La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, CA, 1996
  • Puppet, mask, and costume design, The Lion King, New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City, 1997-1998
  • Production designer and choreographer, The King Stag, Barbican Centre, London, 2001
  • Also designed sets and puppetry for La Gioconda and Si-u, Dance Theatre Workshop, for the Talking Band, then La MaMa Theatre. Was associated with production Revolutionary.
  • Major Tours
  • Sets and puppetry, La Gioconda and Si-u, European cities, 1982
  • Masks, puppets, sets, and costumes, Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass,international cities, 1988
  • Television Work
  • Specials
  • Producer, director, character sculptor, costume designer, and puppeteer,"Fool's Fire," American Playhouse, PBS, 1992
  • Director, masks, sculptor, and film editor, "Oedipus Rex," Great Performances, PBS, 1993
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • The Music Center 25th Anniversary, PBS, 1990
  • Interviewee, Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys, PBS, 1997
  • Miniseries
  • Director (The Lion King), Changing Stages, BBC and PBS, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Herself, Behind the Scenes, PBS, 1992
  • Film Director
  • The Tempest, 1986
  • (And producer) Titus, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1999
  • Frida, Miramax, 2002
  • Film Appearances
  • Director, The Making of "Titus," 2000
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Behind the Scenes with Julie Taymor, First Run Features, 1999
  • WRITINGS
  • Plays
  • Liberty Taken, produced at Castle Hill Festival, 1985
  • Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass, produced at St. Clement's Church, 1988
  • Fool's Fire (based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story "Hop-frog"), produced 1992
  • Other Stage Writing
  • Additional music and lyrics, The Lion King, New Amsterdam Theatre,New York City, 1997-1998
  • Screenplays
  • Titus, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 1999
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Eileen Blumenthal) Julie Taymor, Playing with Fire: Theater, Opera, Film, Abrams (New York City), 1995
  • (With Alexis Greene) The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway, Hyperion (New York City), 1997

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • American Theatre, September, 1998, p. 20; December, 1999, p. 10
    • Artforum International, December, 1999, p. 152
    • Billboard, September 2, 2000, p. 41
    • Boston Globe, December 8, 1996, p. N1
    • Cineaste, summer, 2000, p. 28
    • Economist, August 25, 2001
    • Entertainment Weekly, February 11, 2000, p. 43
    • Interview, January, 2000, p. 34
    • Maclean's, April 24, 2000, p. 74
    • Opera News, May, 1993, p. 30
    • People Weekly, January 26, 1998, p. 88
    • Smithsonian, February, 1993, pp. 62-64
    • TDR, fall, 1999, p. 36
    • Variety, September 14, 1998, p. 48

    User Contributions:

    Jane Shapiro
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    Sep 1, 2014 @ 12:12 pm
    I have written a letter to Julie Taymor. There are Taymors in my family and I've photocopied a photograph of some of the Shapiro family taken in 1909 in Winthrop or Revere, Massachusetts. Among the people shown are Goldie (Shapiro) Taymor and her husband, Moses Taymor and some of their children. I would like to have the correct address (agent or publicist)to which I can send the letter. Could you kindly provide it to me.

    Thank you.

    Jane Shapiro

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