023: One-Person Shows, With Taylor M. Dooley
Weekly Inspiration: Women
Women are inspiring Michelle this week. More specifically, the strength of womanhood. Time Magazine recently named The Silence Breakers their “Person of the Year.” For anyone who has been abused, bullied, or taken advantage of, it takes a tremendous amount of courage to speak out about their experiences and name the men who hurt them. Women have been through so much and continue to face inequity in pay, social standing, leadership, and physical safety. And still, we pick ourselves up, nourish our communities and continue fighting for opportunity and justice. The Cultured Podcast dedicates this episode to every woman who helps to illuminate the world and eradicate its darkest parts.
Explore the multifaceted world of one-person shows with Taylor M. Dooley
You know those people who just ooze charisma and talent? That’s our Episode 23 guest Taylor M. Dooley in a nutshell. Taylor most recently starred in the one-woman show “Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up,” an equally heart-wrenching and hilarious play written by Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Throughout the two-act production, Taylor embodies 10-plus characters. She clues us into the painstaking process of capturing the well-rounded essence of each character. Taylor then opens up to Michelle to describe how she got through playing a character whose father died while her own father was passing away in real life. Get ready to grab the tissue box, Cultured cats. This episode will make your heart skip a beat.
About Taylor M. Dooley, actress
Taylor just finished a one-woman show, Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up, at Aurora Theatre. She is a General Company member and improviser at Dad’s Garage Theater Company, where scripted credits include: Slaughter Camp, Effed Up Fairy Tales, Dementia Juice, Battle Space Wars, Merry F@!&#ing Christmas (co-production with the Alliance Theatre), Woman of the Year, and Karon the Barbarian.
She’s worked with the Weird Sisters Theatre Project, and Synchronicity Theatre, where she will perform next in April in the World Premiere of a play called Ripe Frenzy.
She’s also a voiceover artist, and her favorite credits include Brutal Legend and “Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World”.