Caroline Neisha Taylor is a multi-disciplinary storyteller, born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago to British and Trinidadian parents. She has trained and worked in the creative industries — theatre, film, TV, music, and media/publishing (print & digital) — for over 20 years, primarily in Trinidad, the US, and the UK.
Media & publishing (print, digital, TV/video)
In the media industry, Caroline has had features, profiles, theatre and film reviews published in National Geographic, The Guardian (UK), Caribbean Beat, The Caribbean Review of Books, Discover Trinidad & Tobago, CariVele, the Trinidad Express, OUTLISH, the Williams Record, the Williams Literary Review, AfterEllen, and ArtsHub (UK). She was a writer and producer for the C-TV (now TTT) documentary series Iere Vibe for Diefferent Style Flims (created and directed by Danielle Dieffenthaller), as well as for the Women in Pan web-series (produced by Maria Nunes and Mark Loquan), and has scripted a number of TV specials, web series, radio and television commercials, and documentary shorts. She also works in digital marketing (including content strategy, website development, search engine optimisation and digital/social media marketing), freelancing or volunteering with other small businesses and nonprofits. She’s is currently the editor for Caribbean Beat, and has served as editor for several editions of Discover Trinidad & Tobago. Both titles are published by Media & Editorial Projects Ltd (MEP). For a full list of writing credits, click here.
Performing arts work (theatre, film, TV, commercials & voiceovers)
Caroline’s stage work as an actor and singer ranges from (western) classical texts, musical theatre and opera; to contemporary drama and comedy; experimental theatre; and original Caribbean musicals. She has also worked in film, television, online video, and voiced and appeared in a number of radio and television commercials. Beyond performance, she has worked as a director, writer, script editor/developer, in addition to working in arts administrative roles (more below). Very often, she wears several of those hats at once — working both on stage/screen and behind the scenes helping the projects come to fruition and find audiences. For a full list of performing arts credits, click here.
Arts administration & management
In addition to her work as a performer, producer, and director, Caroline also works in other areas of arts administration, like marketing/publicity (particularly digital marketing), development/fundraising, and education for non-profits and SMEs. She has worked with premier US Off-Broadway theatre companies like Second Stage Theatre (2ST), 651 ARTS, and MCC Theater, as well as Jean-Ralph Thurin designs (also in the US); and with Caribbean Contemporary Arts (CCA7), Tony Hall’s Lordstreet Theatre Company, the Calabash Foundation for the Arts (founded by Maria Nunes), Trinidad Theatre Workshop (founded by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott), the Patrons of Queen’s Hall, RS/RR Productions, Raymond Choo Kong Productions, K2K Alliance & Partners, and the Marionettes Chorale in Trinidad.
Education & training
Winner of a Commonwealth Scholarship; Hutchinson Fellowship for Theatre; and Trinidad & Tobago National Scholarship for Languages, Caroline has a Master of Arts degree in Theatre & Performance from the University of London, Goldsmiths (UK); and an undergraduate degree in Performance Studies from Williams College (MA, USA). She has also studied performance at the Trinity/La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (ETC) and the Lee Strasberg Film & Theatre Institute, both in New York City. Caroline later completed extended workshops in Script Development (British Council/Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival) and Book to Film Adaptation (British Council/Bocas Lit Fest); as well as certificate courses in Writing Drama (Oxford University, UK), and Designing Effective Arts Education Programs (New York University, USA). She’s also a certified mediator.