Actress/director/playwright & Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor will next star as Ruth Ridell, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, in the highly anticipated USA event series “DIG.” “DIG” centers on an international murder mystery of a young American set against the backdrop of modern day Jerusalem, a city shrouded in ancient intrigue which ultimately delves into the Holy Land’s darkest secrets. What is discovered is a conspiracy thousands of years in the making that threatens to change the course of history. The series also stars Anne Heche, Jason Isaacs and Lauren Ambrose.
Taylor is best known to television audiences for her role as Lily Harper in "I'll Fly Away.” She received a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, 3 NAACP Image Awards and two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role. Her other television roles include “The Unit,” “The Education of Max Bickford," "Feds,” “Strange Justice,” "Cora Unashamed," Masterpiece Theatre’s "Children of the Dust," "I'll Fly Away: Then and Now" and "Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder."
Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, Taylor has starred in blockbuster films alongside some of Hollywood most talented leading men. Her film credits include "The Negotiator," "Courage Under Fire," "A Family Thing," "The Keeper," "Clockers," "Losing Isaiah," and "Lean on Me."
In addition to her film and television work, she holds the honor as being the first Black woman to play William Shakespeare's Juliet "Romeo and Juliet" on Broadway. Her other theater credits include "As You Like It," "Macbeth," "Machinal," "The Illusion" and "Jar the Floor." Additionally, she won the L.A. Dramalogue Award for her performance in "The Tempest" on the West coast.
Taylor is also an accomplished playwright and director. This Summer, she will direct her play “stop.reset,” about a book publisher trying to hold on to his identity as the fast tech, social changes quickly shifts the ground on which he stands. The play will be told on The Goodman Theatre stage in Chicago, Illinois (May 23 – June 21),but the storytelling extends outside the theater’s stage through diverse communities by way live events and internet portals. “stop.reset” originally premiered in 2013 at The Signature Company in New York City where she is a resident playwright.
Her credits as playwright include "Oo-Bla-Dee," for which she won the American Critics' Association new play award, "Drowning Crow," (her adaptation of Chekhov's “The Seagull,” which was produced on Broadway and starred Alfre Woodard), "The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove," "A Night in Tunisia," "Escape from Paradise," "Watermelon Rinds," and "Inside the Belly of the Beast." Taylor’s critically acclaimed "Crowns" continues to be one of the most performed musicals in the country and is the winner of four Washington D.C. Helen Hayes awards including Taylor’s win for Best Direction and Best Regional Musical. Others include “Magnolia” and the trilogy, “The Trinity River Plays” which was the recipient of the 2010 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.* Taylor also wrote and directed “Post Black,” (a monologue with Micki Grant, Carmen De Lavallade and Ruby Dee) for The River Crosses Rivers II Festival at NYC’s Ensemble Studio Theatre.
2015 marks her 20th year as a member and Artistic Associate at The Goodman Theatre.
Taylor has received honorary doctorates from Columbia College, DePaul University and Lake Forest College.
She was raised in Dallas, Texas and now lives in Chicago.