Gaye Taylor Upchurch freelance director
Gaye Taylor Upchurch freelance director


Gaye Taylor Upchurch is a freelance director living in New York City. Her background is in dance. She has directed many world premieres including Clare Lizzimore’s Animal (Studio Theatre, DC); Laura Marks’s Bethany with America Ferrera (Women’s Project, Lortel nomination for Best New Play and Best Lead Actress and at Old Globe); Melissa Ross’s Of Good Stock (South Coast Rep). She has also directed the off-Broadway productions of Simon Stephens’s Harper Regan with Mary McCann (Atlantic Theater, NY Times Top Ten Production 2012); Simon Stephens's Bluebird with Simon Russell Beale (Atlantic Theater); Lucy Thurber’s Stay (Rattlestick Theater, Obie Award for Hilltown Play Cycle) and Nancy Harris’s Our New Girl (Atlantic Theater). Her work has been seen at Culture Project, La Mama, Juilliard, and Lincoln Center Institute among others, and she has developed new work at New Dramatists, Playwrights Realm, NY Stage & Film, The Kennedy Center, Playwright's Center, LCT Director's Lab, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She is an alumna of The Women’s Project Directors Lab, The Drama League and North Carolina School of the Arts. Upcoming: the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s The Last Match (The Old Globe) and Chris Chen’s You Mean to do Me Harm (The Vineyard, NYC).