Caroline Clay, MFA, BFA

Assistant Professor

Caroline is an actress, director, educator, playwright, and vocal coach. On Broadway, she has appeared in Tony Award-winning productions, including: The Little FoxesDoubt (Broadway and national tour), The Royal Family, and Drowning Crow. Her extensive film and television credits include: the role of “Cece Colvin, The Matchmaker” on Grey’s Anatomy, as well as roles on ShamelessThe KnickLaw & Order: SVUHouse of Cards, and United We Fall. A native Washingtonian, Clay is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where she also teaches. She has also taught acting/voice classes and intensives at Georgetown University, Howard University, Bowie State, University of Maryland, and Duke University. Under the direction of Patricia McGregor, Caroline received the NAACP 2020 Award for Best Actress in a Play for the role of “Faye” in Geffen Playhouse’s production of Dominique Morrisseau’s Skeleton Crew. She also appeared in the World Premiere of Charlayne Woodard’s In the Garden at Baltimore Center Stage, one of the first regional theatre productions in the country approved by Actor’s Equity to return, implementing full COVID-era safety protocols.

Caroline was featured in Adrienne Kennedy’s Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side, which made the best of theatre 2021 list by The Washington Post.

"Round House Theatre, in partnership with McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, N.J., found a way to burnish a sublime playwright’s reputation in the midst of a pandemic—with a world premiere, no less. As the capstone of the companies’ online festival, 'The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence,' they unveiled this 30-minute play, directed by Timothy Douglas and anchored by the galvanizing actress Caroline Clay. A psychological brainteaser, 'Etta and Ella' gave Kennedy a vital digital platform for her lyrical, eerily seductive imagination."

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Research areas
  • Acting
Portrait of Caroline Clay, MFA, BFA
MFA, University of Maryland
BFA, University of the Arts

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