Kristi Taylor performs during Annie Get Your Gun. Kristi Taylor | Courtesy

Kristi Taylor, junior theatre major at Wesleyan, has been nominated by the Column Awards for “Best-Featured Actress for a Non-Equity Play,” for her role as Mrs. Hawkins in Treasure Island at the Plaza Theatre in Cleburne, Texas, last year.

The Column is a company that presents Column awards to members of the Dallas/Fort Worth theatre community each year. They are presented by category.  The Column sends critics to shows at professional and community theatres, and then publishes reviews written by the same critics.  Taylor is an online subscriber to The Column. All who are subscribers to The Column are able to vote on their favorite actors and designers at the end of the year for the formal award ceremony, the Column Awards.

More than 200,000 votes went into choosing the top six nominees in each category this year.

“I think it is an honor to be nominated for such an award,” Taylor said. “I never thought that this would happen.  It was just another fun show and role for me.”

Taylor is currently performing in Fiddler on the Roof at the Plaza Theatre in Cleburne, Thursday-Saturday through March 10.
G. Aaron Siler, director of operations at Plaza-Theatre in Cleburne, said Taylor is friendly, dependable and never complains when performing any duty for a production. She does everything from acting and working on sets, to helping with props between scenes.
“I have worked with Kristi in several different shows now, and she is an absolute delight,” he said in an email. “Not only is she a joy to work with, but she is always looking at ways to improve the show in any way possible.”

Taylor was also a part of the run crew for the current Texas Wesleyan Theatre  production, Charley’s Aunt, which showed until March 4.

Connie Whitt-Lambert, professor of theatre at Wesleyan, said Taylor is a leader in the program.

“Since becoming a Theatre major, Kristi has been an active part of every production, both on stage and backstage,” she said in an email. “And, even though she’s also active in local theatres, as is evidenced by her recent nomination for a Column Award, her off-campus activities never interfere with her departmental participation or her academics.”

Taylor’s theatre career first began in her high school in Lake Jackson, Texas; where she ran the technical side of the productions, including the sound, lighting and scenic designs.

After attending Brazosport Community College in Lake Jackson, Texas, Taylor moved to Fort Worth where she met a friend who attends Wesleyan. Taylor decided to join the theatre program at Wesleyan.  After auditioning, Taylor was cast in her first show as an elderly Russian woman in The Anniversary, a play by Anton Chekhov.
Taylor is scheduled to graduate May 2013, with a bachelor of arts in theatre, with an emphasis in performance.  She is an active member of the theatre fraternity Alpha Psi Omega.

Taylor said her favorite role at a Wesleyan show was Rona Lisa Poretti in the show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee musical in April 2011.

Jeremy Jackson, senior theatre major, has known Taylor for several years.

“We were friends before Kristi started studying theatre at a university,” Jackson said. “I’ve noted that she has grown as an actress and theatre practitioner.”
Taylor can be seen on stage or behind the scenes at both Wesleyan and Cleburne theaters. For information on tickets to Theatre Wesleyan productions, call 817-531-4211. For information on tickets to the Plaza Theatre in Cleburne, call 817-202-0600.

Mary Long; melong@txwes.edu

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