Jay's directorial work has been described by the press as,"theatrically inventive," "quite powerful," and "with very strong applause." Jay has been working nationally as a freelance director of plays, musicals and operas for over twenty years and currently resides in Washington, DC. His portfolio contains a wide range of credits including modern plays, musicals, operas, classical theatre, and he is always excited to take on the specific challenges of new works.
Jay particularly enjoys directing projects that present an opportunity to facilitate a conversation. He believes that this conversation begins with the director and the other collaborating artists and is then expressed through the work of the actor. Jay utilizes inspiration and ideas from all sources and seeks input from every discipline. The goal being to bring something honest, beautiful, and relevant to audiences in a powerful way. His work has often featured stylized movement, puppetry, ensemble creation, original music, dance, interdisciplinary arts, and multi-media.
Jay's directing has been described by the media as
"keeping you on the edge of your seat"
Jay is currently an Associate Professor of Acting & Directing and the Chair of Music Performance in The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, & Art at The Catholic University of America.
News and Upcoming Performances
Blood, Sweat, and Fears
Director: Play by Alex Zavistovich and Richard Hand by Cole Porter produced and presented by National Edgar Allen Poe Theatre in Baltimore, Oct/Nov 2022
Stage Director: Musical by Steve Martin, co-production between Theatre Lab and Levine Music, presented in Washington DC, Dec 2022
Next to Normal
Director: Musical by Cole Porter produced and presented by The Catholic University of America in the Hartke Theatre, April 2023
Jay D. Brock