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.


What your faculty did this summer:

Izumi Ashizawa remounted "Mysterious Lake" at Long Island Children's Museum, was in on-going rehearsals for "Le Chemine des Reves" in Montreal, and served a guest tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Elizabeth Bojsza taught a workshop in Community Performance for the Pre-College Institute, and look forward to leading a similar workshop at the Stage The Change conference in November 

Mallory Catlett is working on: Circling the Center by Nene Humpphey to be performed on October 12, 13, and 14 in NYC and DECODER 2017 with text by William Burroughs to be performed December 3rd at La Mama in NYC.

Amy Cook finished her manuscript on casting and an essay on Shakespeare, language and cognition.

Steve Marsh worked with scientists across the country leading Improvisation workshops and Media training for the Alda Center in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Philadelphia, Denver, at UC Santa Barbara, Cornell University and Cold Spring Harbor Labs. 

Deb Mayo acted in "After," a yet- to- be released web series written by and starring one of our graduates, Joshua Schubart. 

Ken Weitzman was  a writer-in-residence at the New Harmony Project where he developed two new plays and then co-lead a two-week workshop with playwright Naomi Iizuka at the Sewanee Writers Conference at the University of the South.


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