Jan Taylor



What’s your earliest memory of the theatre?

I remember, vividly, as a preschooler walking down the aisle with my mom in the darkened theatre called “The Allied Arts Centre” in Calgary. The feeling of entering a different world has stayed with me and when I’m directing I seek to create that feeling for our audiences whether they are in a gym or in the fantastic Westbury Theatre.

 What’s been your favourite role with Kompany?

I love directing. And writing plays. And doing workshops with teens. And writing grants… Well, sort of..


What’s your favourite children’s book?

My grandmother gave me a well-worn series of children’s stories. The first in the series was Fairy Tales. One of the tales in that book was called the “Glass Mountain”. It is scary and gory and wonderful.  I also loved Richard Waring’s Children’s book “Alberto the Dancing Alligator”. So much that I talked Richard Link into creating a musical of it.

What’s your favourite sea creature?

Sea Horses. They are so cute, but at the same time, so strange.

What’s your favourite thing to eat?

Steel Cut oats. …Really.

Which would you rather have for a pet: a dog, a cat, a fish, or a bird?

I have a dog named Willie, but I also had a bird named Pickle that I really liked even though the rest of the family hated him.

Which would you rather have for a pet: a shark, a tiger, an alligator, or a t-rex?

A T-Rex. And I would call him Spook-ola.

Would you rather live in a medieval castle, a futuristic space station or a jurassic jungle?

Probably the jungle. I love camping.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Quebec City.

What’s your favourite memory of working with Kompany?

I love the first time an audience sees a new piece I’ve written or directed.

We know you’re secretly just a very tall 10 year old, but what do you think is something you’ve really carried with you from childhood?

Making up stories and new words and singing.