Taylor Barfield is a dramaturg and theater artist from Baltimore, MD. He currently serves as the Literary Manager for Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. Before that he was the Associate Artistic Director at Collaboraction Theatre Company in Chicago, IL. Select freelance dramaturgy credits include Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains)(Second City/Wooly Mammoth), Electra (Court Theatre), Cymbeline (Yale Repertory Theatre), Barbecue (Strawdog), and Megastasis (Eclipse Theatre Company). Taylor also served as assistant director for Native Son (Yale Repertory Theatre, the world premiere productions of Man in the Ring (Court Theatre) and War (Yale Repertory Theatre), and the Midwest premiere of Paradise Blue (Timeline Theatre).
He received his M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale in 2016 and his B.A. in molecular/cellular biology and English literature from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. He is currently a D.F.A. candidate at the David Geffen School of Drama where his dissertation explores how contemporary African American playwrights re-imagine and re-stage black theater history.
Research interests include African American theater and performance, inter-theatricality, history plays, historiography plays, and black aesthetics.