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 fifteen years and currently resides in Washington, DC. His portfolio contains a wide range of credits from new musicals to the staples of 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 with the imagination. He believes that this conversation begins with the director and the other collaborating artists and then carries over into the relationship of the actor and the audience; creating relevant and dynamic work. Jay utilizes inspiration and ideas from all artistic sources and seeks collaboration from every discipline. The goal being to boldly transform space and people to create worlds on stage that provide unique experiences for audiences. His directorial style often includes the use of stylized movement, puppetry, ensemble creation, original music, and multi-media.

Jay's productions have been described by the media as
"keeping you on the edge of your seat"
"perfectly interpreted"
"passionately staged"

Jay is currently a full time professor of acting and directing in the musical theatre division at The Catholic University of America.

*Associate Member of SDC.


News and Upcoming Productions

Resident Director Appointment
Annapolis Shakespeare Company recently appointed Jay as resident director after the critical success of The Tempest in Summer 2014

Broadway World Award Nomination
Received Nomination for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Musical Production for the 2014 production of Westside Story with Riverside Theatre Center
in Fredricksburg, VA

How to Seprate Your Soul from Your Body in 10 Easy Steps
Stage Workshop of a new play by Bryna Turner, produced by The Rainbow Theatre Project and performing at Source Theatre, DC
Dates: February 9th, 2015 at 8pm

Into the Woods
Musical by Stephen Sondheim, produced by and playing at Imagination Stage, Bethesda MD
Opens: March 6th, 2015

Romeo et Juliette
Opera by Charles Gounod, performed at the Kay Theatre at The University of MD, produced by Maryland Lyric Opera Company, College Park MD
Opens: July 18th, 2015

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