Founded the Chicago Black Ensemble (later called the Black Ensemble Theater) in 1976 and as of this writing (2007) is still running it. The theatre is located in the Uptown neighborhood on Beacon St., on which the city bestowed the honorific name Jackie Taylor St.
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She is now Dr. Jackie Taylor, having been awarded an honorary Ph. D. in Arts and Humanities by DuPaul University, June 2012. This precedes the Masters in Education she'll finish in December 2012.