Taylor Okey is a New York City based actor, singer, educator, director, and producer. He was most recently seen on the first national tour of the Tony Award Winning Broadway musical Bandstand, choreographed and directed by Hamilton's Andy Blakenbueller. He's appeared on stages across the country in shows like The Bridges of Madison County, Sides Show, Big Fish, Carousel, Altar Boyz!, and Hair, among others.
As an educator, from 2012 to 2016 Taylor served as the director of education at Trinity Music Center in Villa Park, IL; a private performing arts academy that offered unique and tailored educational opportunities in the various areas of the performing arts to the youth of the Chicagoland area. Through this organization, Taylor had multiple opportunities to direct and lead several theatrical productions, including Godspell, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King. In addition, he also served as the director and choreographer of Elf, Once Up a Mattress, Suessical, and The Music Man at Jackson Middle School in Villa Park, IL. He frequently serves as a guest clinician and adjudicator for high schools across the country, focusing specifically on healthy vocal techniques, story telling through song, and audition techniques and preparation. Furthermore, with nearly a decade of experience as a private vocal and acting coach, Taylor currently coaches students across the country, both remotely in an online setting, and in person.
Taylor is also the co-founder of Snack Time Studios, a visual media based production company responsible for the creation of Second Act Snacks; a popular web series that combines the worlds of food, theatre, and travel into one singular series, for which he serves as the co-creator, co-host, director, and producer. The first season of the series is now streaming exclusively on Broadstream.
He holds a BM in Music Education from Elmhurst University in Elmhurst, IL, and an MFA in Acting and Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. He currently resides in New York City.
"For me, the perfect performance exists when the artist seemingly blends proper technique with intimate story telling. When you marry the two together, the artist gives a performance that allows the audience to go on a journey with them emotionally without any hesitation or consideration of how they are accomplishing this from a musical standpoint. They are simply left in awe of what they are experiencing. That is why I never prioritize singing technique over story telling, and vice versa. When the two are present together, it's truly a perfect marriage."