The Department of Theater Arts at the University of Iowa recently completed a national search to fill the position of Acting Senior Professor. The department has announced that Caroline Stefanie Clay will join the faculty this fall as the Acting Principal Professor of the MFA Acting Program. Clay has appeared on Broadway in Little Foxes, Doubt and more, with film and TV credits including the role of “Cece Colvin, The Matchmaker” in Grey’s Anatomy, as well as roles in Shameless, The Knick, Law & Order: SVU, House of Cards and this season’s first ABC of United We Fall. She is currently attending the world premiere of Charlayne Woodard’s In the Garden, a co-production between Baltimore Center Stage and La Jolla Playhouse. Full biography below.
“If these times say anything, it’s that the dreams and aspirations of our young change makers cannot be denied. They are the heirs of these new constantly evolving paradigms: both stimulating and sublime. They need to be fed and supported, ”Clay says. “Joining my Mary Beth Easley, Paul Kalina and my esteemed colleagues in the Theater Arts Department is an incredible honor and opportunity. Iowa’s conservatory-style programming is bursting with rigor, amplified cultural diversity and spaces. created that are vital and necessary. I look forward to sharing my training and experience with these emerging artists as they create viable and vibrant careers. “
“We couldn’t have been happier to have Caroline Stephanie Clay join our faculty,” said Department Director Mary Beth Easley. “She is a beloved member of the professional actor community, someone who is regularly ‘invited to the table’ by our professional colleagues. A beautiful human being and a passionate advocate for artist development, Caroline brings to the table. both extensive hands-on experience and a solid, nurturing a teaching pedagogy that will greatly enhance our artistic community. I look forward to welcoming Caroline to the Drama Arts Department family and witnessing the growth of our students through to their interactions with her in class and on stage. “
Caroline Stephanie Clay (SAG-AFTRA, AEA) is an actress, director, educator, playwright and vocal coach. On Broadway, she has appeared in Tony Award-winning productions including The Little Foxes, Doubt; (Broadway and Nationwide Tour) The Royal Family and the Drowned Crow. His many film and TV credits include the role of “Cece Colvin, The Matchmaker” in Grey’s Anatomy, as well as roles in Shameless, The Knick, Law & Order: SVU, House of Cards and this season’s first ABC of United We. Fall. A native of Washington, Clay is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where she also teaches, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia (BFA in Theater Arts). She received her MFA in Performance from the University of Maryland. She has also taught drama and voice classes and crash courses at Georgetown University, Howard University, Bowie State, University of Maryland, and Duke University. Under the direction of Patricia McGregor, Clay received the 2020 NAACP Award for Best Actress in A Play for the role of “Faye” in the Geffen Playhouse production of Dominique Morrisseau’s Skeleton Crew. She is currently appearing in the world premiere of Charlayne Woodard’s In the Garden, a co-production between Baltimore Center Stage and La Jolla Playhouse, one of the country’s first regional theatrical co-productions approved by Actor’s Equity to return, implementing full Covid – the security protocols of the time.
Learn more about Caroline Stephanie Clay at www.claycreatives.org.