Theatre alumna Kendall Taylor has earned the job of her dreams as an actor at the new Universal Beijing Resort, which is set to open later this year.
Taylor, the daughter of notable alumni Janda and Ken Taylor and sister of alumna Ashley Osorio, previously worked as an actor at Universal Studios Florida, where she also was cast in Halloween Horror Nights. The widely-anticipated Universal Beijing Resort includes the Universal Studios Beijing theme park, a Universal CityWalk Beijing retail, dining and entertainment complex and two hotels when it opens.
When Taylor auditioned for the role at Universal Studios Beijing, she knew “the stakes were so high.” Asked what talents and skills she needed to land the job, she said “It’s really everything I learned at PBA – dancing, singing and acting.”
As a student, she was cast in numerous productions, including Annabella Schmidt in “39 Steps,” Maisie in “The Boy Friend” and Orsino in “Twelfth Night.” She enrolled in Associate Professor Allen McCoy’s stage combat course, and she learned how to ace video auditions — now the norm due to COVID-19 — from Assistant Professor Kyle Schnack. After she graduated in 2019, Taylor played Sampson and Balthasar in the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s summer production of “Romeo and Juliet.”
All of that experience has added up to a “dream come true” for Taylor, who gets to do what she loves for a living.
“It is still work, but it doesn’t feel like work,” Taylor said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It feels like a huge blessing.”
She has a blast entertaining adults and children alike.
“Creating the world that they get to step into and immerse themselves in is really fun,” Taylor said.
Photo: Theatre alumna Kendall Taylor visits Universal Studios Florida with her family, parents Janda and Ken Taylor, and sister Ashley Osorio, on a day off. Taylor, an actor at Universal Studios in Orlando, was hired to work as an actor at the new park opening in Beijing.