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Jack DeWayne Clay (October 20, 1926 – September 2, 2019) was an American acting teacher, director and actor.

Jack Clay
Jack DeWayne Clay

(1926-10-20)October 20, 1926
Decatur, Illinois United States
DiedSeptember 2, 2019(2019-09-02) (aged 92)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
EducationNorthwestern University
Known foran acting teacher, director and actor

A graduate of the Northwestern University school of speech under Alvina Krause, Clay taught at Oberlin College (1956 - 1957), the University of Miami (1957 - 1961), and the University of South Florida (1961 - 1966). He also headed the Professional Actors Training Programs at Southern Methodist University (1966 - 1986) and the University of Washington (1986 - 1991.) While in Dallas, he founded "Stage #1," a professional acting company, and served as its artistic director for eight years.

Clay's teachers included Lee Strasberg, Martha Graham and Eric Hawkins. Among his best-known students were Kathy Bates, Powers Boothe, Patricia Richardson, Stephen Tobolowsky, Beth Henley and Hugh O'Gorman (of Remember WENN).

Clay was also a distinguished member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre.

Clay died September 2, 2019, in Seattle.[1]


  1. ^ Jack Clay, whose SMU drama protégés included Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winners, dies at 92 by Michael Granberry. The Dallas Morning News, 5 Sep 2019. Retrieved 2019-09-08.

Further readingEdit

  • Hulbert, Dan (December 6, 1981). "Suddenly the Accent is Southern". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-10-03.
  • Kathy Bates, James Lipton (November 8, 1998). Inside the Actors Studio, Episode #4.12 (VHS). New School University, New York, New York: Actors Studio Drama School.
  • Wilonsky, Robert (April 24, 2003). "In Character". The Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2006-10-03.
  • "Members". College of Fellows of the American Theatre. Retrieved 2006-10-03.
  • "The Jack Clay Endowed Fellowship". University of Washington School of Drama. Archived from the original on 2006-08-29. Retrieved 2006-10-03.