In the year since completing the MFA in Physical Theatre, Taylor Hohman has been busily developing his professional acting resume in Europe. Beginning in June, Taylor designed and ran the English Summer M.A.D. (Music, Art and Drama) Camp, teaching English through Physical Theatre to Italian children. With full English immersion, the kids created an original performance piece including music, movement, dance, juggling, object manipulation, puppets, masques and improvisation using props and costumes built from ordinary household items. Created in collaboration with the Accademia Britannica di Arezzo and current members of the ADA’s MFA cohort, the continuation of the M.A.D. Camp will offer valuable work experience to future MFA members who wish to stay in Arezzo over the summers.
In July, Taylor returned to France for his second year as the featured actor in Les Heures Musicales de le Vallee de la Bresle’s annual Ateliers de Musique Ancienne, integrating masque, mime, puppetry and interpretive movement into baroque chamber concerts. Performances were held in country churches and chateaus all over Normandy and Taylor’s work was received with much acclaim. Also in July, along with fellow MFA alum Dory Ford Sibley and current MFA students, Taylor collaborated in the creation of an original American musical cabaret sponsored by a local businessman. Performed in Piazza del Duomo to a full audience of aretini and covered by the local television station Teletruria, the show represented the first professional performance by ADA alumni in Arezzo.
In August and September, Taylor was in London assistant teaching the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat’s National Stage Combat Workshop and working as a stunt fighter for iDare Productions’ new web series Chronicles of Syntax, premiering in February on the Multiverse YouTube channel. In addition, Taylor collaborated in writing, fight choreographing, and acting in the short independent action film Extraction with Little Extra Productions. His graduate thesis, On the Masque and the Sword, was selected for the archives of the Peter Finer Antique Arms Gallery in London, and he has recently completed an article on the role of the sword in the commedia dell’arte for The Fight Master, the journal of the Society of American Fight Directors. Finally, again with Dory Ford Sibley, Taylor formed the rock n’ roll band Whitebread, which recorded an album and blew the roof off the local communist party’s annual cookout.
Currently, Taylor is acting as a consultant for an American biotechnology company, integrating natural plant health and pest management solutions into wineries in Tuscany, Piemonte, and the Veneto.
Personal Website: www.taylorhohman.com