Paul TaylorJanuary 15, 2010 • 7:30 p.m.John F. Welsh Auditorium, Natrona County High School
Co-Sponsors: KCWY-13 & Mount Rushmore Broadcasting, Ramada Plaza, & Nicolaysen Art Museum.Call 265-1564 for details of a three-day Mural-making project.Partial funding is from the Wyoming Arts Council through the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Schneider Fund in the Wyoming Community Foundation, the McMurry Foundation, Natrona County School District No. 1, and the City of Casper.Paul Taylor, Australian storyteller, didjeridoo player and traveler, came to the U.S. from Adelaide, South Australia, on the invitation of Bobby Bridger and the Adelaide-Austin, TX, sister city program. Bridger is a descendent of the legendary western pioneer, Jim Bridger. In 1986, Paul acted as guide for Bobby Bridger on an extensive tour of South Australia. Bridger performed his acclaimed one-man show “Ballad of the West,” on tour in the outback and to the Pitjantatjara Aboriginal community. Bridger invited Paul to Texas and then to Wyoming to act in “Ballad of the West” at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Attending the Jackson Hole Centennial Rendezvous in 1990, Paul was given the name of “Walking Stick.” Paul loved his visit to the U.S. and decided to return in 1992 for an extensive walkabout of the U.S. He is based in Laramie, Wyoming – the heart of America’s outbackPaul graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in 1980. His interest in the Aboriginal culture of his own country is born from time spent as a social worker among the Aboriginal people and was introduced to the tradition of storytelling and the music of the didjeridoo. Paul is mentored by Yidumduma Bill Harney, custodian of the Wardaman culture in Australia’s Northern Territory. In the mid-eighties Paul trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, UK. He worked professionally as an actor and clown, joined a circus show and performed throughout England, Scotland and Wales. He returned to his homeland and worked for the Adelaide Festival of Arts and in regional theatres throughout Australia. Paul has won 6 National awards including NAPPA Gold Award, Parent’s Choice Gold Award and Storytelling World. Paul’s credits include: New Orleans Jazz Festival, National Geographic, and Disney Music Center LA.