Valerie_Clayman_Pye VALERIE CLAYMAN PYE Adjunct Lecturer, Shakespeare and Acting

PhD in Performance Practice, Drama, The University of Exeter
MFA in Staging Shakespeare, with Distinction, The University of Exeter
MFA in Acting, Brooklyn College
BA in Theatre Arts, Cum Laude with Departmental Honors, Stony Brook University

Valerie Clayman Pye is a professional actor, director, theatre scholar, and educator who has worked in these capacities both in the US and the UK, where she was recognized for her devised work with Shakespeare and her scholarship. Valerie is especially interested in the actor’s process, cultivating creativity, and collaborative theatre making. As a research practitioner, she examines autobiographical performance, the actor/audience relationship, site-specific and ‘found art’ performance, and the actor’s connection to self-as-instrument.

Valerie is involved in making heightened texts accessible and relevant to both actors and audiences. She has trained and worked with some of the leading experts in Shakespeare and performance, including at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, The Shakespeare Theatre, the Women’s Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her work with contemporary material includes new and emerging works with playwrights such as Reginald Rose (Twelve Angry Men). Her one-woman show, Momma, I Hear Voices was produced in the first annual NYC Fringe Festival.

Previously, Valerie was the Education Director for the OBIE award-winning Red Bull Theater (NYC) and has taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Fordham University, and in the MFA and BFA Acting programs at Brooklyn College. In addition to Stony Brook, Valerie currently teaches in the BFA Acting program at LIU Post.

Valerie also serves as a voice and speech coach for theater, film, and television and has coached Academy, Emmy, and Golden Globe award nominees.



Ken Weitzman

selected for
The Lark Play Development Center's
"Meeting of the Minds"
annually serves six New York writers
over a ten-month residency

Ken Weitzman's

Play Halftime with Don
selected for
PlayLabs at the Playwrights' Center
one of the nation's most in-depth
play development programs
 National Playwrights Festival
 Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center

210 Amlent Avenue
Karl Hinze
& Becky Goldberg

New Musical co-created by
SBU Musical Comp. alumnus
& SBU Theatre MFA alumna
 received its first production:
New York
Musical Theatre Festival
July 9th, 2015

Margarita Espada

honored to receive the 
Human Rights
Community Award

for the work of her company,
Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja,
as a tool for social change

Steve Marsh

chosen to serve on the
Drama Desk Awards
nominating committee
2015 Drama Desk Awards

Nominations: April 23
Ceremony: May 31

Izumi Ashizawa

Best of 2014
"Best Directors of a Play
in Professional Theatres"
See images of
Izumi's show Kwaiden

Mallory Catlett

named as recipient of the
Foundation for
Contemporary Arts

2015 Grants to Artists
"Performance Art/Theatre"


Sophie Vanier '05

Best Actress
for her performance in
 UnChained Theatre Festival



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