About Jane Taylor
Taylor has a background in theatre studies, and a Ph.D in English from Northwestern University, Chicago, USA. She has an abiding interest in the history of theatre.
In 1996 she curated “Fault Lines,” an exhibition about issues of truth and reconciliation, at the Cape Town Castle, and designed and co-ordinated the broad range of “Fault Lines” events which included conferences, media workshops, ands literary readings. In 1998, she curated “Holdings: Rethinking the Archive” for the launch of the University of the Witwatersrand’s new Graduate School. (David Philip publishers).
In 1996 she wrote the play Ubu & the Truth Commission for the Handspring Puppet Company. She has also, with composer Kevin Volans, written a piece of music theatre based on The Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo, which was directed by the artist William Kentridge, and which opened at the KunstenFest in Brussels in 2001.
She has written a wide range of reviews and catalogues on contemporary South African culture, and in 1987 co-edited From South Africa with David Bunn (Triquarterly), and has lectured in centres such as Fes, Chicago, London, Yale, New York, Minneapolis, Munich and Seoul.
Taylor served for several years on the Board of the South African National Gallery and was the keynote speaker in March 2002 for an international conference on Public Art in Cape Town.