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 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"
"amusingly 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.

 

West Side Story
Musical by Leonard Bernstein, produced and presented at Riverside Dinner Theatre, Fredricksburg, VA
Dates: June 15th-
July 13th

Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana
Operas by Leoncavallo & Mascagni (respectivley), produced by Maryland Lyric Opera and performing at The Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts in College Park, MD
Dates: July 17th-20th

The Tempest
Play by William Shakespeare, produced by Annapolis Shakespeare Company and performing at The Bowie Playhouse, Bowie MD.
Dates: August 1st-
24th

Carousel
Musical by Rogers and Hammerstein, produced by The Catholic University of America and performing at the Hartke Theatre
Dates: October 17th -
26th



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