Taylor Shubert is a director, choreographer, producer, nightlife entertainer, and political organizer. He is the founder of Our Establishment, a New York based guerilla theater company whose show, Between Gods And Kings: A New Rock Show, played Off-Broadway at Bedlam in the East Village.
Current projects include The COVID DESTROYERS, an initiative to distribute masks and hand sanitizer on Fire Island, with Daniel Nardicio, the Dworld crew, and Gay Men's Health Crisis, in partnership with the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Taylor is on the at-large board of Stonewall Democrats of New York City (NYC's premiere LGBTQ Democratic Club), and has served as a New York County Committee member and Judicial Delegate representing a portion of upper Manhattan.
THE COVID DESTROYERS
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GMHC, Daniel Nardicio and the Dworld crew are joining forces with Taylor Shubert to put together The Fire Island COVID DESTROYERS - using donated funds to employ NYC and Fire Island drag queens and go-go dancers, promoting healthy behaviors on Fire Island and stopping the spread of COVID-19. In partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose office supplied PPE for this project, the COVID DESTROYERS have distributed over 2,000 masks and 3,000 bottles of hand sanitizer in Cherry Grove and the Pines. You can donate to this initiative at https://www.gofundme.com/f/fire-island-covid-destroyers
The COVID DESTROYERS in the news:
"It was a seamless and enthusiastic collaboration. There has already been a flood of positive messages from appreciative residents and the Covid Destroyers initiative." - Fire Island News
"Actor, director, and choreographer Taylor Shubert, who has joined with the ranks of the COVID Destroyers, says that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has provided supplies to the group, and that the activism has brought together residents of Fire Island." - Queerty
"The crew is raising money to pay out-of-work drag queens and go-go dancers to greet folks at the Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove Harbor and distribute hand sanitizer and masks, while also offering simple reminders to practice social distancing." - Gay City News
"The group was formed by local club owner Daniel Nardicio, along with Taylor Shubert and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), in response to “last week’s unplanned series of parties,” which “caused great concern in the LGBTQ community.” - TowleRoad
Taylor served as a campaign surrogate and volunteer for Senator Amy Klobuchar's 2020 Presidential run, representing Amy at LGBTQ Democratic Club endorsements in New York City and canvassing for her in New Hampshire.
AMY FOR AMERICA
"Stonewall board member Taylor Shubert represented Klobuchar and drew applause when he said the Minnesota senator “has pledged to get rid of Betsy DeVos,” Trump’s controversial education secretary. Shubert touted his candidate’s record and platform on LGBTQ issues and explained that she is a “unifier” who, as president, would be “changing the culture and changing the tone of our politics, and that includes educating other people about people’s gender identities.” - Gay City News
"Shubert sought to convince the crowd that Klobuchar would be a successful president on a number of issues, from gun control to criminal justice reform and LGBTQ rights." - Gay City News
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Executive produced by Taylor Shubert and Our Establishment, co-directed by Katherine M. Carter and Taylor Shubert, with music production by James Dobinson, BETWEEN GODS AND KINGS opened Off-Broadway at BEDLAM in the East Village, and was presented with immersive staging and an actor-musician cast. The show features an original rock score, with music and lyrics Neil Douglas Reilly and book and lyrics by Austin Ruffer and Maggie Herskowitz.
BETWEEN GODS AND KINGS in the news:
"The goal for the team behind Between Gods and Kings is to reignite guerilla theater in the East Village — drawing on decades of theatre history at La MaMa and Caffe Cino, havens for off-off-broadway and LGBTQ theatre communities in the East Village." - Patch
"A Theban king goes to pieces after snubbing the Greek god Dionysus and his pack of wild groupies in this alt-rock adaptation of Euripides's ripping tragedy The Bacchae, with music by Neil Douglas Reilly and words by Austin Ruffer and Maggie Herskowitz. The weekly production unfolds immersively in an East Village bar space." - Time Out
Formed in 2019 by Taylor Shubert, Our Establishment is a full service production and management company. This new, guerilla-theater production company is committed to immersive and site-specific theater in New York City.
Our Establishment's production of BETWEEN GODS AND KINGS: A New Rock Show premiered Off-Broadway in March of 2019 at BEDLAM in the East Village.
Founding members include Neil Douglas Reilly, Kathryn Fray, and Taylor Shubert.
DAMN YANKEES AT THE BARNSTORMERS THEATER
In June of 2019, Taylor returned to The Barnstormers Theatre in New Hampshire for his fourth season to choreograph Damn Yankees.
"The choreography by Taylor Shubert is impressively perfectly timed with the music."
"Shubert does a decent job of emulating the Fosse style, particularly on “Whatever Lola Wants,” which Gottlieb sells for all its worth. The ensemble work on “Two Lost Souls” is also impressive.
"But it is actually the less overtly Fosse numbers where Shubert’s choreography really shines. 'Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo.,' which features an ensemble of ballplayers leaping and sliding across stage, is a thrilling set piece."
"On those two songs, as well as “Heart,” there’s a terrific sense of chemistry between the cast of ball players" - Conway Daily Sun
STOLI KEY WEST COCKTAIL CLASSIC
Taylor joined Sam Benedict to represent Club Cumming and New York City at the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pride and the Stonewall Riots. Sam took home first prize as Stoli Bartender of the Year and Club Cumming won $10,000 for Gays Against Guns and $5,000 for Habitat for Humanity.
FLAMING SADDLES HELL'S KITCHEN
Taylor Shubert is a nightlife staple at Flaming Saddles in Hell's Kitchen, where he has worked as a two-steppin' cowboy for the past 6 years. You can catch him there almost every Saturday and Sunday cartwheeling and knee sliding down the bar, clogging along to a Shania Twain song, pouring tequila down a birthday boy's throat, or belting out a country sing-a-long.
Photos by Evan Zimmerman
Taylor is part of the Dworld crew, the team behind BEDLAM Bar and Club Cumming in the East Village, the legendary Dworld Underwear Party on Fire Island, Bette Bathhouse and Beyond in New York City and New Orleans, and Mr. Nude York and Mr. Nude Orleans events.
His work with Daniel Nardicio and the Dworld team also includes the Fire Island COVID Destroyers- an initiative with GMHC, and in partnership with the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, to distribute masks and hand sanitizer in Cherry Grove and the Pines.
Photos by Rick Day