James P. Taylor

Emeritus Professor of Theatre
With Pomona Since: 1991
  • Expertise


    Jim Taylor is an expert in the creation of set and lighting design for theatrical productions. Over the course of his career, he has designed over 100 productions in the academic and professional theatre, both in the United States and abroad.

    In addition to his theatre design work, he has a research interest in Philippine theatre, begun during a Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines in 1997–1998. He also has done research in the works of the South African playwright Athol Fugard and in the translation of Shakespeare's plays to film.

    Research Interests

    • Set Design
    • Lighting Design
    • Philippine Theatre
    • Athol Fugard
    • Shakespeare on Film

    Areas of Expertise


    • Theatre Design and Technology
    • Lighting Design
    • Scene Design
    • Philippine Theatre
    • Athol Fugard and the Theatre of Contemporary South Africa.
  • Work


    Lighting Design: Clifford Odet's Depression-era classic Awake and Sing, A Noise Within Theatre (Glendale, CA), runs March 20--May 2010

    Lighting Design: Molière’s Don Juan, A Noise Within Theatre (Glendale, CA), February 2008

    Lighting Design: Great Expectations (Best Production, L.A. Drama Critics Circle), A Glass Menagerie, What the Butler Saw, A Winters's Tale (Best Production, L.A. Drama Critic's Circle), A Christmas Carol for A Noise Within theater

    Piglas (Flight) by Mikhail Bulgakov, Tanghalang Pilipino, Manila, 1996-1998

    Summer Repertory Theatre, 1995 and 1999

    Therese Ng Liseaux, a world premiere by Jovy Mirvoy, Tanghalang Ateneo, Manila, 1997

    Glendale CASet Design: King Lear, Macbeth, Henry V, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, 1997

  • Education


    Master of Fine Arts
    Southern Methodist University

    Bachelor of Arts
    Colorado College

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Independent Study in Theatre
    • Set Design with Lab
    • Lighting Design
    • Senior Project in Set Design
    • Senior Thesis in Theatre
    • Set Design
    • Theatre Crafts: Costumes/Scene/Prop
    • Theatre Production
    • Visual Arts of the Theatre
    • Critical Inquiry Seminar
    • Teaching Internship in Theatre
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Freeman Foundation Grant, Pomona College. "Philippine Theatre in the post-Marcos era." 2004

    Fulbright Senior Lectureship, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, 1997-1998

    DramaLogue Award, Lighting Design Distinction, "The Glass Menagerie", A Noise Within, Glendale, California, 1996

    Robbie Award Nomination, Lighting Design, Macbeth, A Noise Within, 2000

    Pomona College, Summer Research Grant, for "Design for India's Sanskrit Drama", 1994

    Grinnell College Research Grant: "CAD in the Liberal Arts Theatre Curriculum", 1990

    Colorado College, Western States Arts Foundation Grant, 1975. Technical Direction for the Colorado Opera Festival