Taylor Ward is an actor, singer, dancer, director, and comedian based in Southern California. Originally from North Carolina, Taylor moved to Indianapolis just before high school and decided to pursue performance full-time after starring as Harold Hill in a production of The Music Man (CGFAA). Taylor recently earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from Indiana University. IU credits include Amos Calloway in Big Fish, Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, Dametas in Head Over Heels, and featured roles in the ensembles of Crazy for You, Wonderful Town, and City of Angels. Other credits include Nathan Detroit in Center Grove Theatre’s Guys and Dolls, the Velociraptor of Faith in the University Players’ Triassic Parq, and vocalist/dancer in Believe! The Magic of Christmas, an annual holiday revue at Indiana’s regional Brown County Playhouse.
In 2021, Taylor worked as a performer/improviser at Cedar Point theme park in Sandusky, OH as part of the Forbidden Frontier and the Fortune Tellers, and then as a singer/dancer at Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA, performing in Tinker's Toy Factory and The Winterfest Wonderland Parade.
Offstage, Taylor produced and directed The Hunchback of Notre Dame, an independent project through Indiana University. Other directing credits include Bright Star for the University Players, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap for Center Grove Theatre, Sing Down the Moon for the Agape Performing Arts Company, and the short films "Update" and "Delivery," which Taylor also wrote, edited, and produced.
Taylor also has over eight years of improv experience, training through high school and college with ComedySportz. He spent two years performing with HoosOnFirst, an Indiana University comedy group, and interned for a summer at CSz Indianapolis.
Taylor spent the summer as an actor and improviser for "Summer Nights" at Knott's Berry Farm theme park in Buena Park, California. For the Halloween season, he worked as an actor, singer, and dancer at LEGOLAND California Resort, and over the holidays, he performed with Mixed Company's Handbell Carolers at Disneyland Resort.