DOUGLAS TAUREL recently played Joe Petito in the upcoming Lifetime Movie, The Gabby Petito Story. He worked opposite Thora Birch, who also directed the film. He was cast as a voice in the popular video game Red Redemption and has appeared in numerous television shows and independent films. Including The Cobbler (starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman) and The Kindergarten Teacher (starring Maggie Gyllenhaal), which premiered at Sundance. He’s built a seasoned resume with characters living on the edge of life. The Los Angeles Times said his work on Nurse Jackie, “Nurse Jackie gets her most fascinating character yet to date.”
He recently finished directing and starring in the TV series Landing Home which he wrote. It recently earned Best Drama at the GI Film Festival, and he was nominated for Best Actor and Best First Time Director at the GI Film Festival. The series also earned Best Drama at the Wings of Honor Festival. It is now streaming on Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Tubi ,Vudu, and Vimeo On Demand.
Douglas is well known for his solo show, The American Soldier, which has been nominated for the Amnesty International Award. A play that he wrote to honor Veterans and their families. It is based on actual letters from veterans and their families that span from the Revolution through the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is touring throughout the country and has performed in over 34 cities. Including notable spaces like The Kennedy Center in 2016 and 2019, The Library of Congress, and Off-Broadway at 59east59th Street. It earned four out of 5 stars at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and The Huffington Post said the play was “Flawless and powerful .” It’s been mentioned and featured in The Washington Post, Washington Times, DC Metro, US Veteran Magazine, Austin Chronicle, Broadway World, The Military Times, Playbill, and Time Out, to name a few.
As a writer, he was commissioned by the Library of Congress to write, create, and perform his second solo show, An American Soldier’s Journey Home. It commemorates the ending of the First World War and tells the story of Irving Greenwald, a soldier in the 308 Regiment and part of the Lost Battalion. He has performed the play twice at the Library of Congress and the Hoboken Museum.
In addition, he’s been nominated for the Innovative Theatre Award. He has performed in numerous Off-Broadway productions in some of New York’s most established theaters, and The New York Times said his work as George in Of Mice and Men. “Douglas Taurel is a fine actor.” Other Off-Broadway plays include Hard Rain (Cherry Lane Theatre), An Enemy of the People (Barrow Group Theatre), (The Shakespeare Project), Gloria(Playwrights Horizons), The Deputy (Theatre for a New Audience), and King Lear (Houston Shakespeare Festival). He reversed both roles of Lee & Austin in True West at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Three Weeks Daily, saying his portrayal of Austin was “a moving and stunning work by an actor.”
Douglas grew up in Houston, Texas, and is the son of Latin American parents. His mother is from Colombia, and his father is from Argentina and is fluent in Spanish. Constantly challenging himself mentally and physically, Douglas boxed in college, has run two marathons (New York & Philadelphia), bagged all 10 Scottish Munros, and ran with the bulls in Spain on his honeymoon, and in 2012 climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. He’s lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, loves a good bourbon, and is an Ole Miss alumni.