A native of Baltimore, Maryland, and the son of a career U.S. Navy and Coast Guard officer (Billy Gentry), Taylor Gentry Stoermer is a filmmaker as head of Størmerlige Productions LLC, specializing in historical documentaries and history-related shorts and features. He also teaches Public History as a Lecturer in the Museum Studies (M.A.) program at Johns Hopkins University.
Taylor is currently producing a feature-length documentary about the loyalist experience in the American Revolution entitled THE GOOD AMERICANS, inspired by the recently published book, The Consequences of Loyalism: Essays in Honor of Robert M. Calhoon, co-edited by Rebecca Brannon and Joseph Moore (University of South Carolina Press, 2019). He is also in negotiations with Scholastic Canada to produce a live-action version of “With Nothing But Our Courage: The Loyalist Diary of Mary MacDonald” (2002) by Karleen Bradford, a title in the popular “Dear Canada” series for Young Adults. In 2013, Taylor won an Emmy Award for Informational/Instructional programming as part of the Colonial Williamsburg production team that produced THE GLOBAL ECONOMY.
Formerly Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Fellow and Instructor of Public History at Harvard University, Chief Historian for Colonial Williamsburg, Invited Research Scholar at Brown University, and Visiting Curator for Public History at the Newport (RI) Historical Society, Taylor is an alumnus of Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Virginia, where he earned his Ph.D. in History with a focus on Revolutionary America and the British Atlantic World. He has also served as an adviser to the Walt Disney Companies, C-SPAN television networks, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, and Plimoth Plantation. Taylor has been a Fellow at Yale University, the Huntington Library in California, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Virginia Historical Society, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. For a summer he even picked up a trowel and volunteered as a member of the archaeology team at Mount Vernon, excavating George Washington’s whiskey distillery.
Taylor has taught at Harvard, the University of Virginia, Brown, the College of William & Mary, and Roger Williams University. He has appeared on-air as an expert on the transatlantic tobacco economy for the BBC’s “Addicted to Pleasure” and as a contextualist for C-SPAN’s “First Ladies: Image and Impact”, particularly for the episodes on Martha Washington, Letitia and Julia Tyler, and Frances Cleveland. In addition, he is the author of Colonial Williamsburg: The Official Guide (2014).
Before becoming a historian and filmmaker, Taylor attended law school at Tulane University and then worked in politics as a policy adviser, speechwriter, spokesperson, and senior campaign and legislative aide to U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu. Taylor also managed a congressional campaign in the 2000 election cycle, after which he was the national Communications Director for the League of Conservation Voters. He appeared regularly on CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, NPR, Fox News, and other outlets as a political commentator. And, in the off-the-beaten-path department, Taylor also spent summers in college as a Performing Arts Cast Member at Disneyland, understudying “Gaston” in the very first Disneyland stage production of Beauty and the Beast.
In his spare time, Taylor is an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles, lacrosse, surfing, professional tennis, and equestrian sports, especially field and show jumping (he was the acting coach and university adviser for the Harvard Equestrian Team from 2015 to 2017). He and his wife–a Boston-based artist, writer, and award-winning journalist–split their time amongst their homes in New England, Scandinavia, and Canada.
Taylor can be reached by e-mail at tad[at]stormerligeproductions.com or by phone at (401) 484-1720.
“Why Did Someone Steal This Portrait From a Rural Nova Scotia Church,” CBC Nova Scotia (March 2019)
“The Love Story Behind Newport’s Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House,” Rhode Island Monthly (February 2018).
“Over 200 Years Ago, a US President Served Cabinet Posts at the Same Time,” Business Insider (February 2018).
“The Battle of Rhode Island,” C-SPAN (October 2017).