Tai French is an NAACP Award Winning writer. She received the award for Best Playwright in 2020 for her original stage production 'Pound Cake.' She was also nominated for Best Director and the cast was nominated for Best Ensemble.
On April 8, 2012, Easter Sunday, Tai French's hit stage play Phoenix had just received a standing ovation on it's closing night. Before she could give her closing remarks, French was presented with a commendation from Michael D. Antonovich of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which declared that very day as Tai French Day. Being recognized for all of her creative works, as well as her efforts in education and the community, this caught the young renaissance woman off guard as tears of shock and gratitude streamed down her face.
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Tai French, although still quite young, is an experienced and seasoned talent that has been in the entertainment business for over a decade. With a B.A. in English/Education, writing is just one of the myriad talents French possesses.
Her career began in the world of dance in the 90's where she studied under phenomenal choreographers and living dance legends such as Toney Wilson, Eartha Robinson, and Kenny Long. Her years of dedication and passion for the craft earned her a spot in the prodigious Debbie Allen Dance Academy in 2001. She studied various genres of dance including: ballet, tap, modern, African, and hip hop. When her Film/TV & theatrical career began to take the lead in 2003 after she scored her first national commercial for Apple iPod, she realized that entertainment was the direction in which she wanted to go. Since then, there have been many projects she has launched through her former company Medium Entertainment, founded in 2004, which is now the blossoming Los Angeles based company Vintage City Entertainment (founded by French in January 2010).
In 2005, French wrote, directed, and edited a feature film entitled BEAST, which is based on a true story about a violent teenage relationship that ends in a tragic death. The film was accepted in to the Pan African Film Festival in 2006. French was asked to create an educational interactive version of the film that is still currently a part of the curriculum at both Santa Monica College and Southwestern College. In the same year, French landed a role on FX's drama, The Shield, and was also featured as Meagan in Dennis Dortch feature film, A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy. While under the acting tutelage of Chip Fields (One on One, The Parkers, Living Single), French starred in the stage play, The Miracle Worker, where she played the role of Helen Keller.
French also has a background in music. In 2003, she wrote and independently produced her first album Ny'EVE. Soon after, she linked up with some rising Los Angeles producers for her 2006 album City in the Sky, also released independently. As a music artist, French scaled the Los Angeles area performing at numerous venues including the House of Blues and Rumba Room. In 2009, she co-wrote her independent EP album Feeling Myself. In 2011, she created the pseudonym Warryn Lauve, under which she continues to create music. French would describe Warryn Lauve's style as "a cross between Erykah Badu and Amy Winehouse."
Starting in 2007, French became known as a spoken word poet under the name Vintage Soul. She has performed at venues such as Da Poetry Lounge (Los Angeles), and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe (New York). From 2006-2009 she teamed up with A.I.M., led by Leila Steinberg (Manager of Tupac Shakur), where her voice was not only used for a performance aspect, but as a tool to uplift youth and the inner city community.
In December 2010, French's first original stage production, Jesus on the Way, hit the stage in Hollywood and sold out the entire run. The show was brought back by popular demand in December 2011, and was then followed by another original stage play, Phoenix (formerly titled Suicide), which she starred in as the title character in March-April 2012. The show was such a tremendous success that Los Angeles producer Don B. Welch brought it back for an industry night in Fall 2013. In Summer 2012, French wrote, directed, and was featured in her third stage production, PUSH, which ran for six successful weekends. Her 4th original stage production, Hurt People Hurt People (2014) sold out and was said to be a "moving and emotional show" about a teenage girls' group home and the pain that comes along with their fragmented pasts. Following the emotional roller-coaster came an even more heart-wrenching story about loss and grief in French's 5th stage production, Don't Help Me, I'm Dying (August 2014) which left audience members in tears. In need of some laughter and light-hearted nature, French mounted her 6th stage production, the colorful comedy, Please Do Not Feed the Mannequins (September 2014). French's 7th stage play, Suite V, completed her successful year of hit stage productions in November 2014 with a completely sold out run. In 2015, French sold out the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre on February 28th for the reprise of Hurt People Hurt People. In April, her 8th stage play, All That Glitters Ain't Gold, had audiences in side-splitting laughter during it's sold out run, which was then followed by her 9th original stage production, Old Friends. The success of all of French's original productions left audiences wanting more. In March 2016, French brought Phoenix back to the stage for one more night at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.
Apart from the stage, back in November 2012, French took to the web as the creator, writer, director, editor, and star of a comedic web series called, I Hate My Co-Worker, which won at the 2013 LA WebFest (Tiffany Snow and Malika Blessing; Best Comedic Performance).
Professionally, French has taught Musical Theatre and Drama to K-8th grades in schools across the San Fernando Valley and in the inner-city of Los Angeles, Torrance, and Lawndale. In early 2015, VCE launched Acting Workshops with French at the helm.
Currently, Tai French is in the process of developing several hour long episodic drama series for television networks & streaming platforms while simultaneously creating new works for the stage.