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Leslie TaylorProfessor, Theater StudiesCo-Artistic Director, Theater EmoryResident Set and Costume Designer, Theater Emory


Leslie Taylor has designed sets and costumes for over 170 productions. In addition to her work for Theater Emory, regionally she has designed for Alabama Shakespeare, the Alliance Theater, Actor's Express, GA Shakespeare Festival, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Georgia Ensemble Theater, and Theatrical Outfit. She designed sets for the Alliance Theater Company’s production of August, Osage County, for which she received a Suzi Bass Award.  Leslie served for 10 years as Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance. Concurrently, she also served as Executive Director for the Center for Creativity & Arts, a role she continued through summer 2020. Leslie also served as the Artistic Director for Theater Emory's 2000-2001 season.

She is a resident set and costume designer for Theater Emory and teaches Principles of Design for Dance and Theater and Costume Design. She is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Integrated Visual Arts Co-major and co-teaches the Senior Seminar for that major.

In addition to her regional work, her designs have been seen at Opera Theater St. Louis, GEVA Theater in Rochester, NY, Merrimack Theater, MA, Portland Stage Company, ME, Indiana Repertory Theater and Off-Broadway.

On Broadway, she was the Associate Designer with Ming Cho Lee on the Tony award-winning production of K-2 and The Glass Menagerie starring Jessica Tandy. She was the Associate Designer for The Odd Couple starring Rita Moreno and Sally Struthers. In 1983, she received a Maharam Award for her work on K-2 and has had her work chosen as Best of Atlanta by the Journal-Constitution and Creative Loafing. She received her BA with Honors from Wellesley College, her MFA from New York University School of the Arts, and a post-graduate study from The League of Professional Theater Training Programs.