Clay Hopper


Senior Lecturer, Directing and Theatre Arts


Clay Hopper was formerly the Associate Artistic Director of Olney Theatre Center and Director of both the National Players and the Summer Shakespeare Festival at OTC. Directing credits include Two Gentlemen of VeronaTwelfth NightThe TempestOthelloThe Taming of the ShrewMuch Ado About NothingA Midsummer Night’s Dream,Romeo and Juliet and Amadeus. Hopper also directed Farragut Northand Triumph of Love on Olney Theatre Center’s Main Stage and Call of the Wild, a musical adaptation of Jack London’s novel by Jon Lipsky, first as a workshop at Boston University, then as a touring production for The National Players on tour 59, culminating in the world premiere on Olney Theatre Center’s Main Stage in 2009. Other recent credits include On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning at Contemporary America Theatre Festival Actor’s Lab. In 2002, Hopper founded and produced a new play series called New Works/After Hours at Lincoln Center Institute’s Clarke Studio Theatre. Off-off-Broadway: A Home Without by Robert Westfield, Different Zenby Clay Hopper with Third Eye Rep, Earthworms by Albert Innaurato with The Working Group, Triageby Chris Shiea with Miranda Theatre, and The Interrogation by Murphy Guyer with The Miranda Theatre. Hopper has formerly taught at Woolly Mammoth’s Theatre School and College of Wooster, where he directed King Lear and was visiting assistant professor in 2006. As assistant director, Hopper has worked at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Woolly Mammoth Theater Company.  BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts and MFA from Boston University College of Fine Arts.