Dara Taylor


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  • Black, African-American
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Dara Taylor has emerged as a fresh voice in the world of scoring music to picture as evidenced by her score to the upcoming Lionsgate comedy Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar starring Kristen Wiig and Jamie Dornan, co-composed with Christopher Lennertz. Her credits include the Netflix docuseries Trial By Media, the independent film Turner Risk, and the Karen Allen-starred film Colewell, for which she won a 2019 Hollywood Music in Media award. Up next for Dara is the FX series Pride and the action crime drama Echo Boomers starring Michael Shannon.

As a score producer and composer of additional music for Chris Lennertz, Dara has contributed to major motion picture films including Bad Moms, A Bad Mom’s Christmas, the action-comedy sequel Shaft, Amazon's highly acclaimed television series The Boys, Netflix’s sci-fi series Lost in Space, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Baywatch, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, Pitch Perfect 3, Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, The Happytime Murders, Uglydolls, and A Madea Family Funeral, as well as the long-running CW show Supernatural. In 2015, Dara was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for her score on the short film Undetectable, and in 2016, she was asked to take part in Women in Film’s Women Composers in Media concert. In 2018, Dara was chosen as a fellow for the Sundance Institute Composers Lab and the following year she was chosen as one the BMI Conducting for Composers Fellows.

Raised in Lockport, NY, Dara spent most of her formative years in gospel church choirs as well as school choruses, bands, and musicals. Throughout college at Cornell University, Dara became increasingly drawn towards composition and studied independently with Zachary Wadsworth and Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky. After graduating cum laude in Music and Psychology from Cornell in 2009, Dara went on to study Film Music Composition under Mark Suozzo at New York University where she received a Masters of Music in 2011.

Dara currently lives in Los Angeles and is a proud Industry Relations committee member for the Composers Diversity Collective, as well as a member of the Television Academy, Recording Academy, Society of Composers and Lyricists, Alliance of Women Film Composers, and Women in Media.
Media Composer Experience
BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR (2020) [Feature Film] | Directed by Josh Greenbaum | Lionsgate | Co-Composer
ECHO BOOMERS (2020) [Feature Film] | Directed by Seth Savoy | Composer
PRIDE: 70s (2020) [TV Special] | Directed by Cheryl Dunye | FX/Refinery29 | Composer
PRIDE: 90s (2020) [TV Special] | Directed by Yance Ford | FX/Refinery29 | Composer
TRIAL BY MEDIA: BLAGO! (2019) [TV Special] | Directed by Yance Ford | Netflix | Composer
COLEWELL (2019) [Feature Film] | Directed by Tom Quinn | Gravitas Ventures | Composer
WILDFLOWER (2019) [Feature Film] | Directed by Matt Smukler | Composer
LOST IN SPACE (2017-2019) [TV Series] | Exec Produced by Zack Estrin | Netflix/Legendary | Composer: Additional Music/Score Producer
THE BOYS (2018-2020) [TV Series] | Exec Produced by Eric Kripke | Amazon/SONY | Composer: Additional Music/Score Producer
UTHANDIWE (2019) [Feature Film] | Directed by Zoey Martinson | MzansiMagic | Composer
UGLY DOLLS (2019) [Feature Film] | Directed by Kelly Asbury | STX Entertainment | Score Producer
ZERO DAY: STRAY + REBORN (2019) [Short Anthology] | Directed by Wanjiru Njendu and Alexandria Collins | Fox Digital - Cannes Series | Composer
SUPERNATURAL (2015-2020) [TV Series] | Exec Produced by Eric Kripke | CW | Composer: Additional Music/Programmer
TURNER RISK (2018) [Feature Film] | Directed by Michael Daley | Gravitas Ventures | Composer
SHAFT (2018) [Feature Film] | Directed by Tim Story | New Line Cinema | Composer: Additional Music/Score Producer
NOBODY’S FOOL (2018) [Feature Film] | Directed by Tyler Perry | Lionsgate | Composer: Additional Music/Score Producer
UNCLE DREW (2018) [Feature Film] | Directed by Charles Stone III | Lionsgate | Composer: Additional Music/Score Producer
PITCH PERFECT 3 (2018) [Feature Film] | Directed by Trish Sie | Universal | Score Producer/Arrangements
BAYWATCH (2018) [Feature Film] | Directed by Seth Gordon | Paramount | Score Producer
MADEA’S FAMILY FUNERAL (2018) [Feature Film] | Directed by Tyler Perry | Lionsgate | Composer: Additional Music/Score Producer
A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS (2017) [Feature Film] | Directed by Scott Moore and Jon Lucas | STX Entertainment | Composer: Additional Music/Score Producer
SAUSAGE PARTY (2017) [Feature Film] | Directed by Conrad Pope, Exec Produced by Seth Rogan | Lionsgate | Score Producer/Arrangements
BAD MOMS (2016) [Feature Film] | Directed by Scott Moore and Jon Lucas | STX Entertainment | Score Producer
EL CAMINO CHRISTMAS (2016) [Feature Film] | Directed by David Talbert, Exec Produced by Ted Melfi | STX Entertainment | Score Producer
AGENT CARTER (2015) [TV Series] | Exec Produced byC. Marcus and S. McFeely | ABC/Marvel | Composer: Additional Music/Programmer
GALAVANT (2015) [TV Series] | Exec Produced by Dan Fogelman | ABC/Marvel | Composer: Additional Music/Programmer
Interested In
  • Additional Music
  • Composition
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Action
  • Animation
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Documentary
  • Family
  • Kids
  • Sci-Fi
Languages Spoken
  • English
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