Esther "Essie" Taylor (Young) joined Well Versed Comedy as of March 30, 2019, and the team is incredibly excited to have her join the troupe!
Essie's full time work is as a teacher in the city of Chicago. She comes into Well Versed ready to use her passions for the arts and for the advancement of the Gospel.
Essie is used to being around large groups. She has an identical twin sister named Easter, and comes from a family of 15 children. Essie was born to two parents and practically born on a pew. A strict Pentecostal pew, that is. Church and worship has always been a major part of Essie's life.
She is a member of the Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago. Essie cites Psalm 90:1 as her favorite Scripture: "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
Essie recently married the love of her life, Donald Taylor. The two were wed in her home church in Chicago. Of the two major changes in Essie's life, between joining Well Versed and getting married, we will settle for a close second to the wedding!
Essie comes to Well Versed having always been fascinated by the Arts. There were some arts that were accepted in church as God gifted and others that were not seen as a gift from God. The latter being dancing, acting and comedy. Growing up Essie had a desire to participate in these art forms, but often questioned whether God could be seen, glorified, or even magnified in these ways. Was God in these things?
After much conflict, thought and prayer, Essie completed the AMTC (Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ) Shine experience. Through AMTC and Shine, Essie was convinced that God ordained the arts to declare His glory to the earth.
Essie says, "I want to be apart of that. I’d like to use my artistic ability and creativity as a service to God and to people. I’m giving my gifts back to Him, and I pray that my membership in Well Versed will further that and make God smile—no! I hope it makes him break out into a gut-bursting laugh—maybe even a few!"
If God lets out a gut-busting laugh, then is that what we hear as thunder?
Well, as Garth Brooks sang, "let the thunder roll!"