Director/Professor

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 powerful experiences for audiences.

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

Romeo et Juliette
Stage Director: Opera by Charles Gounod, performed at the Kay Theatre at The University of MD, produced by Maryland Lyric Opera Company, College Park MD.
Runs: July 17th-26th

It's a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play
Director: Play by Joe Landry
, produced by Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Annapolis MD
Runs: December 4th-January 3rd

Into the Woods
Director: Musical by Stephen Sondheim, produced by The Catholic University of America
Runs: Feb 19th-28th


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