Why America Needs Alum Taylor Mac Bowyer, Playwright and Actor

Monday, August 28, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO MAGAZINE -- In 1994, after attending San Francisco State for a time and even appearing in Beach Blanket Babylon for an eight-month stretch during which he dressed up like a poodle and sang Runaround Sue, Mac moved to New York to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

A playwright and actor, he began to find his high-heel footing as a performance artist in Manhattan clubs and bars. It was there that he first met the costume designer Machine Dazzle, who was a member of the stripper troupe the Dazzle Dancers and who created all of the outrageous upcycled ensembles that Mac wears in the current show.

“It’s more about sculpture to me,” says the designer, a kind of Willem de Kooning of wanton detritus, of his work for Mac. “I consider myself an artist who covers the body in a certain way. But Taylor is beyond a canvas for me. I’m putting art on a piece of art.”