My name is Noah Taylor. I am a theatre artist, photographer, and graphic designer working in Anderson, SC. A 2012 graduate of Anderson University, I currently work as a photo retoucher at Torque Creative, while directing for the stage, freelancing as a designer and photographer, and finding as many opportunities as possible bring the arts to life in our community. I am a firm believer in the power of art to change lives, communities, and the world for the better. I am the co-founder and artistic director of both 24 Hour Musical and The Market Theatre Company, and owner of Taylored Imaging.

Keep scrolling to see my recent work. Feel free to take a look at my professional resume and theatrical experience. If you're interested in collaborating or have any questions, contact me.

Press: Sweeney Todd at ECP

Huge thanks to Sandy Staggs for his kind words about our production of Sweeney Todd at Electric City Playhouse! See what he had to say below, and be sure to read the full review here.

"...more extraordinary is that this version of the classic customarily set in Victorian London has been modernized by director Noah Taylor and infused with a mostly young, vigorous troupe, in some non-traditional casting... his Sweeney Todd is a wholly invigorating chamber musical that is wildly entertaining and imaginative. It’s full-throttle, a bit risqué and cuts right to the bone of the social power structure and the characters’ timeless motivations ‑­ love, lust and greed... The scene transitions are swift and smooth. Taylor maximizes the entire space at ECP including the aisles and the utilitarian scenic design and layout packs no less than 13 portals to peer, enter and exit with set pieces and props, including the lobby doors."

– Sandy Staggs, Carolina Curtain Call »

Sweeney Todd

I have had the honor of directing a dream production, Sweeney Todd, at Electric City Playhouse over the past several months. Now, opening weekend is finally here! Sweeney Todd has always been fascinating to me. It’s macabre blend of comedy, eccentric characters, fun effects, and questions of morality make it so compelling that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I am a huge fan of Stephen Sondheim; with the wit, complexity, and poetic nature of his work, I’ve often referred to him as a contemporary Shakespeare. It was that comparison that urged me to bring freshness and relevance to this extremely well-known story, in the same way that many bring contemporary interpretations to Shakespeare’s classics.

When first cracking open the script, our team discovered a world that looks and feels far more familiar than you might expect. Recent industrial and technological advancements in Victorian London were unprecedented. Throughout this society’s warp-speed growth and urbanization, the rich became increasingly richer while the poor became poorer. This was a world of extreme classism. Self-serving politicians, royalty, and the privileged few lived in luxury while everyone else struggled to put food on the table. The political system was dominated by two parties in a stalemate, rendering government incapable of bringing about much-needed social change. Sound familiar?

In tracing this tale back to its roots, it became apparent that familiarity has always been at the core of Sweeney’s grisly nature. In fact, the “penny dreadfuls” which originated the story of Sweeney Todd felt so familiar and resonated so deeply with readers’ vulnerabilities that most contemporaries believed the murderous barber and his pie-making accomplice to be real-life residents of Fleet Street.

©2016 – Escobar Photography

©2016 – Escobar Photography

I hope that the story our audiences see will resonate and connect with that same degree of familiarity. At the heart of this story are characters who are not too different from you or me. Many of these characters have extreme stress, abuse, and hardship thrust upon them; some of them are fortunate enough to have extreme privilege. Either way, they face a series of opportunities to choose between selfishness and compassion. Lust, abuse of power, thirst for revenge, greedy manipulation, lies, and murder – we see all kinds of self-serving choices lead characters down a path to destruction.  What makes Sweeney Todd truly frightening, beyond the murders and meat pies, is that the human nature driving these characters to do the unthinkable is the same human nature that resides within all of us. At least, in the end, there is Hope – hope that we can choose compassion, selflessness, and love, in turn finding joy and fuller life.

Tickets are on sale now at www.ecplayhouse.com. The show runs October 14-30, 2016.  Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. See you there!


Original music from our production of Almost, Maine at ECP last fall is now on Soundcloud. I absolutely loved collaborating with AJ Weaver to give this story a completely original soundtrack. The music took on a life of its own, never upstaging the story, but setting a perfect tone, drawing the audience in, and propelling the story forward. It was so much fun to discover the unique sound of this show. AJ has spent the better part of this year working on our next project together, Sweeney Todd, and I'm already loving our conversations and discoveries. Be sure to check out this soundtrack and the rest of his work! (Interlude might be my favorite, but ask me again tomorrow and I'll tell you something different.)

Before & After: STOK Grills Family


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This was a fun one! This family shot for STOK Grills took a good deal of time and creative thinking to piece together. The photo was designed to be used as a banner on www.stokgrills.com, and required an extra-wide crop that could not be achieved in a single shot. Other lenses were considered, but would have caused extra distortion on the product, which is of course the star of this show. Our solution: The photographer captured multiple background shots to either side of the original frame. I then dropped these files into the photo and began warping, masking, and airbrushing. Perspective and lens distortion were a challenge, especially with the busy grid-like pattern on the patio. What seemed like a next-to-impossible task at the start was a welcome challenge that I enjoyed navigating. I'm really pleased with how this project came together, and can't wait to see this shot online!

Slide to see  before & after:

9 to 5

Looking forward to getting started on my next stage project tonight! I'll be directing 9 TO 5 at The Market Theatre Company. This is our biggest undertaking yet at the new theatre, and I'm looking forward to the creative challenge of adapting this upbeat, large-scale musical to our unique venue. I love the casting process: getting to see the material that people bring to auditions, how they choose to present themselves, seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones as well, and finally putting faces with the characters that I've been studying and getting to know for so long. I can't wait to get started! For audition details, and to see the cast list when it's posted, click here.

Review: The Fantasticks

Thank you to Sandy Staggs for his kind words about The Market Theatre Company's inaugural production, The Fantasticks! Read the review here.

“…as he demonstrated in Almost, Maine, his method is graceful and highly-stylized with a firm command of this material, which, on its face, gives the appearance of facetious simplicity. The deception [of The Fantasticks] lies in the commedia dell’arte characters, the non-traditional narrative and the ominous tone in the second act. All of these challenges are met with enterprising confidence and showmanship by Mr. Taylor, particularly in the 'Round and Round' sequence.”

– Sandy Staggs, Carolina Curtain Call »

24 Hour Musical: Spelling Bee

I am once again blown away by the explosive success of the 24 Hour Musical. This little idea that was born in our living room has found so much support, energy, and momentum in just one year!

The second annual 24 Hour Musical took place on July 11, 2015 at Anderson University's Belk Theatre. I was thrilled to take on the role of director this year; it was a challenging and unforgettable experience. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee played to two sold out audiences. The energy and laughter were unbelievable! Best of all, the second 24 Hour Musical raised a total of $2,346.65 for the Cancer Association of Anderson.

Photo Credit: Casey Bates