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 collaboration from every discipline. The goal being to bring something honest, beautiful, or relevant to audiences in a powerful way. His work has often featured stylized movement, puppetry, ensemble creation, original music, dance,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 in The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music: Division of Musical Theatre, at The Catholic University of America.
*Associate Member of SDC.
News and Upcoming Performances
Spike Heels OFF BROADWAY
Director: Play by Theresa Rebeck, Produced by Chase-Avon Productions & Howl at the Moon Productions and presented at The American Theatre of Actors in NYC.
Runs May 11th-26th 2017
Director: Musical by Stephen Sondheim Produced by and presented at
Next Stop Theatre Company
Runs: Oct 19th-Nov 12th 2017
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Director: A rock musical with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, and book by AlexTimbers. Produced by The Catholic University of America and presented in Ward Hall.
Runs: Feb 17th-26th, 2018
The Accident Bear
Director: A new play by Bob Bartlett presented in a Laundromat (yes, an actual Laundromat) in Annapolis, more details to follow as this site specific project takes shape
slated for late March/early April 2018
Alumni come see the CUA MT class of 2017 in NYC March 29th at Theatre Row in NYC
Tehillim & Different Trains
Stage Director: Choral work by Steve Reich, produced by the Choral Arts Society of Washington featuring the NOW Orchestra and presented at The Dupont Underground
slated for late March/early April, 2019
Jay D. Brock