Taylor Eden is an award winning actress, writer and director newly based in Los Angeles. Before graduating from Emerson College with a BA in Acting, she won an EVVY Award for Best Supporting Actor for the Stage for her role as Alice in Unwrap Your Candy. She also received an All State Actor Award from the Connecticut Drama Association for her role as Second Applicant in America Hurrah: the Interview and received an honorable mention from the CDA as well for her role as Charlotte Babcock in Richard Cory. Other recent roles include Desdemona in Othello at Newpond Farm Theater, Stevie in The Goat or Who is Sylvia? at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Jenna in Colder than Here at Emerson College, and has appeared in various webseries' such as Cazzie David’s “Eighty-Sixed.” Taylor’s other passions include writing and directing, and she is currently working on a series of short films about activism, spirituality, and growing up in America now.
Tell us about a transformative educational experience.
At Emerson College I took a class with Sarah Hicks called “Action Theatre.” I had no idea what to expect, but it was the first time I came in contact with what it means to be a FEARLESS ARTIST. With the push of my classmates and amazing teacher I was able to break outside of the ego and create consciously and without reservation. Some of the most truthful theatre I’ve ever been apart of happened in that tiny studio with 12 people.
What about transformative professional experiences?
My first film was a webseries titled “Misdirection” that shot in a high school in Connecticut. We miraculously shot 50 minutes of footage in two days on almost no sleep and it turned out really well. It was chaotic and stressful but was also the most fun I’ve ever had. It confirmed for me that acting makes my soul sing and that I will continue to do it for the rest of my life.
Why I do what I do...
I act because there is no greater expression of what it means to be human. Only when I’m acting do I truly feel connected to my own heart, and to the hearts of others. I also act because I believe the theatre can open minds and restore empathy to the world.
What about ECT inspires you?
A big theme in my life has always been working past fear. ECT inspires me to remember that there truly is nothing to be afraid of as long as you are committed, hungry, and present with the people in front of you.
Where have you traveled? Where would you like to visit?
All around the Continental U.S. I dream of visiting Greece, Italy, Peru and Egypt.
My favorite "day-off" event would be...
My favorite day off event would have to be a quiet hike accompanied by my close friends and a yummy picnic.
If I had one million dollars I would...
If I had one million dollars I would first buy a home to house my loved ones and a sizeable portion would go to the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Working Group.
Did you know...
I have, on multiple occasions in different cities throughout my life, been mistaken for a disciple of a religion.
Not a big fan of TV but I like . . .