Birth Name: Julie Taymor
Birth Place: Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Taymor's theatrical roots ran deep. Born on Dec. 15, 1952 in Newton, MA, she gave performances for family and friends at age seven, leading to her playing Cinderella - among other roles - with the Boston Children's Theater. Her first exposure to Asian theater came while visiting Sri Lanka and India on a cultural exchange program when she was 15. She also studied mime in Paris before beginning her folklore and mythology studies at Oberlin College, where she joined Herbert Blau's experimental theater company, which included teaching assistant Bill Irwin. After graduation, Taymor went to Indonesia for four years, courtesy of Watson and Ford Foundation fellowships, and developed a mask-dance tro...
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