MEET TAAVON (he/him/his)
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. Only child, so the arts was definitely a needed outlet. I'm a graduate of Point Park University.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR EQUITY CARD?
I received my equity card in 2008 from West Virginia Public Theatre after attending an equity chorus call and being cast in the ensemble of their production of "The Producers". August 8th, 2020 officially marked my 12th year in the union.
WHAT CONTRACTS/AGREEMENTS HAVE YOU WORKED UNDER?
LORT, LOA, SPT, Guest Artist, COST, Dinner Theatre, Standard Resident Theatre, TYA, Special Agreement, NEAT, Village Theatre, and Workshop. Under these contracts, I have been in principal and chorus roles, I have been a dance captain, fight captain, and deputy.
WHY DID YOU JOIN EQUITY?
One of the reasons I joined the union was because I wanted to feel protected and safe when I went to work. I wanted to know that the theatre I was working at was being held accountable for providing a safe environment that allowed me to do the best work I could. I also wanted to be paid what I was worth. The fight for fair compensation is always a battle. And the fight for a fair wage as a chorus member??? That can sometimes feel like war. But I believe strongly in fighting for wages that reflect the work that we contribute and empowering other actors to know their worth and what they offer.
WHAT GOT YOU INTO THEATRE?
My parents had always made sure that the arts were part of my life. I'm very fortunate to have had their support at an early age. But, what made me realize that this was a career I could have and that it wasn't just some hobby, was when I saw the national tour of "Annie" at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore, MD starring Nell Carter. First, to see kids my age on the stage was everything. But to see Nell Carter, this fierce, vibrant, black woman leading this show was life-changing. I was hooked!