Major in Psychological And Brain Sciences
Performance Credits: She Kills Monsters, Village Black Box, Spring 2017, Cast n’ Crew; Musical Revue, China (Beijing and Shanghai), Summer 2017, Performing Arts Department; Letting Go with Karen Coburn, Edison Theater, Fall 2017 and Fall 2018, First Year Center Orientation Program; The Date, Graham Chapel, Fall 2018, First Year Center Orientation Program; Vagina Monologues, Holmes Lounge, Spring 2018; Student-Run Mx. WashU Talent Show, Edison Theater, Fall 2017; Legally Blonde, Edison Theater, Fall 2019, Performing Arts Department; Blank Monologues, Holmes Lounge, Spring 2020; Twins: The Musical, Clayton Community Theater, Spring 2020, Center Stage Productions
Taylor Emerson is a WashU senior from Los Angeles. Her major is Psychological & Brain Sciences with a concentration in Business, Social Justice, and Film Studies. Taylor first stepped into the theater world at WashU in She Kills Monsters with Cast n Crew, playing the supporting role of Lily/Lilith. Taylor was fortunate enough to go with Jeffery Matthews and Holden Thorp along with seven other WashU students to China where they performed a revue of songs in Beijing and Shanghai. The latter included a song called "We're Not So Far Away" composed by Taylor and her identical twin sister, Hayley, about uniting American and Chinese values. Additionally, Taylor performed “The Vagina Workshop" and “Angry Vagina” in the Blank (Vagina) Monologues. She also performed a song she wrote with a diverse group of women about the #metoo movement called "It's All on You.” Taylor played Serena in Legally Blonde directed by Annamaria Pileggi. After that, Taylor took on the biggest theater project yet with her better half, Hayley, by producing Twins: The Musical, a six-year project in the making inspired by their lives as identical twins. Taylor was A.D., played the role of Stacey, and took the position of V.P. and Marketing Chair of Center Stage Productions (a student theater group created for this musical). The show would have taken place April 17-19. Due to COVID-19, the production was never seen through. However, the Emerson twins released a tribute video to their musical with their cast and crew that can be seen on their social media, the PAD website, Ampersand, and this week's Record (4/27). Taylor also took part in fundraising for City Faces as a Mx. Wash U candidate, performing “Goin’ Back to Hogwarts” from A Very Potter Musical with a cappella/theater friends, as well as First Year Orientation events including playing Samantha in The Date and performing in Karen Colburn’s “Letting Go” program for parents. When Taylor is not performing, she is a co-Case Competition Coordinator for Management 100. She was a WashU Tour Guide, a WUSA, and is a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. One of her favorite semesters was studying abroad in London where she was fortunate enough to see many shows, explore the city, and take theater and psychology courses. Finally, Taylor’s biggest accomplishment was organizing a T-Rex Race on the Francis Field track just before winter break of 2019 (article in StudLife).
Favorite Memory: As a Freshman: My favorite memory is that I once got punched in the face during a fight scene in Cast n' Crew's Saturday night performance of She Kills Monsters. In the next scene, I had to kiss my lover and proceeded to get blood all over her face...it was a whole mess, but we got through it! My mom got the whole scene on tape, so once in a while when I'm feeling down in the dumps, I watch the video to remind myself that no matter what happens in life, the show must go on. :)
As a Senior: My favorite memory was our first rehearsal for Legally Blonde. I think I was in the "I still can't believe I'm here" phase since this was my first musical in college. I remember we focused on the opening number, and while we had our ups and downs, it was such a positive experience. I learned so much and got to step into my character for the first time. I felt this abundance of nerves and enthusiasm I recognized I had when I did theater as a kid. It was a three-hour rehearsal that felt like five minutes. Walking home from the first rehearsal, I smiled to myself because I knew that I had fallen in love with the cast, the crew, and the whole production. Yet, I also realized I wanted the process to slow down. Flash forward to closing night where I cried during the final graduation scene with some of my senior friends. I thought back to the first rehearsal. How happy I was then, but how much happier I am now. Being in this show had incredibly positive effects on my mental and physical health. First-semester senior year is one of my favorite semesters at WashU because of Legally Blonde. I think that after the first rehearsal, I wanted to take in every moment of being in this production because when it came to closing night, I would have to make a choice. That choice being: Will I continue doing what I love after college? Today I can say I love it too much to stop. I have never been happier and more alive than when I am doing theater.