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Over three decades, Clay David’s professional career in theatre arts, from London, Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, national tours to educational and community theatre, has embraced advocacy, acting, directing, production supervision, management, design, fund raising, community engagement and education, animated by a collaborative, mentoring spirit sensitive to the professionals with whom he has worked and the communities he has served. Most recently, his achievements in the theater have been recognized with Theatre Bay Area TITAN Award for Excellence in Theatre, five 2016 San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critic’s Awards for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Set Designer, Best Costume Designer and Best Production. He has also won the Dean Goodman Choice Award-Best Director, Lee Hartgrave FAME Best Play Award, and The Victor Borge Legacy Award.
In educational theater, Clay served as professor and lecturer of theater at Loyola Marymount University, The University of Connecticut, Diablo Valley College, and served as Chairman of Drama at Contra Costa College. He was the recipient of the BRAVO Award for Outstanding Innovation and Excellence in the Arts, AMCO Kennedy Center National Winner, and the Golden Apple Professor of the Year Award. He team taught with acting faculty and staff from California Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley’s Shotgun Players, San Francisco’s ACT, African American Shakespeare Company, and The Actor’s Studio in NYC.
Adapting and improvising as changing situations have required, Clay has managed teams and built consensus among gifted but demanding performers and stake holders. He has worked as manager, designer, director and consultant for Altarena Playhouse, Bay Area Musicals, 42ndStreet Moon, Speakeasy, Marin Shakespeare Company, Landmark Musicals Theatre, Island City Opera, OMG I Love That Show! Productions, Theatre Rhino, Berkeley Playhouse, Zeum Theatre, Yerba Buena Center, New Conservatory Theatre, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, California Theatre Arts Crossroads Theatre, Walnut Creek, Knox Center for the Performing Arts, San Pablo, The Novato Theatre Company, The Ross Valley Players, and Theatre Bay Area.
Clay works in close collaboration with local organizations including Kiwanis, Rotary, and Girls, Inc, enthusiastically assisting non-profit organizations with publicity, fundraising and event planning, for groups as diverse as Bay Area Musicals, Theatre Bay Area, 42nd Street Moon Theatre Arts, California Heritage Council, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Berkeley City Club, STAND Battered Women’s Shelter, Preservation of the SS Red Oak Victory Ship, Richmond Museum of History and The Boys and Girls Club. Throughout his career he has found it especially rewarding to support education and outreach programs, to bring theater closer to both youth and seniors.
In all his arts education efforts, he has aimed to develop in students of all ages, backgrounds and levels of sophistication an awareness of, and connection to, the global community and to cultivate their capacity for reasoned inquiry, aesthetic and cultural awareness, and self-directed life-long learning through the art and ritual of performance. Clay believes his many years of passionate dedication to performing arts education that embraces all groups, backgrounds, ages and communities would significantly contribute to the capacity of the FOGG Theatre to support performing arts endeavors that reflect, explore and celebrate the wondrous diversity that characterizes the region it serves.
Clay David is grateful for the array of opportunities to grow and serve professionally which more than two decades of active engagement in so many roles and projects in the performing arts have provided. He is confident the distinctive breadth of his experience, as performer, manager, director and teacher, and the collaborative network of relationships he has developed with artists, sponsors and communities across the Bay Area equip him to make a very positive contribution to FOGG Theatre. The ethos and mission of FOGG Theatre with respect to advancement of the performing arts resonate with his own values and goals.
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