When Jay Clark is not on stage at the Arkansas Rep or other local theatres, you will might find him in a pulpit or leading a youth outing at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church. His “day job” is Pastor with Youth and Their Families at PHUMC. He is currently an understudy for Vice-Principal Panch in the Arkansas Rep production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
. He is set to perform on the 22nd and 23rd this week (Thursday and Friday). If you saw him in multiple roles in the Rep’s production of Hairspray,
you know you’re in for a good show!
After graduating from the American Musical and Dramaitc Academy in New York, Jay worked behind the scenes on Broadway/Off-Broadway productions of The Sunshine Boys(with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman), The Gin Game (with Julie Harris and Charles Durning), Jekyll and Hyde, The Life, and An Evening with Jerry Herman. He has worked with United Methodist youth in New England, New York City, Arkansas, North Carolina and Nashville.
-My earliest memory was (age and incident)
Maybe watching Aloha from Hawaii. I was only a few years old, but I remember sitting in front of the tv on the bean-bag and watching. It was either this or dancing with a stuffed animal fox.
-When I was in high school and imagined my adulthood, I thought I would be…
An actor, no doubt. Plus I wanted a fulfilling life.
-Star Wars, Star Trek, Battle of the Network Stars, or Dancing with the Stars?
Battle of the Network Stars.
-I most identify with the Winnie the Pooh character of…
Tigger…although I have my Christopher Robin moments.
-The performer I’d drop everything to see is…
Dead or alive? George Burns, Jack Benny, Don Rickles, The Rat Pack – I tend to be old school.
-My first paying job was…
digging ditches and house footings for my grandpa. Then as a radio dj for KRLW in Walnut Ridge
-A book I think everyone should read is….
anything by Dostoevsky
-My favorite season is…
-We are all geeks (or experts) about something. My field is….