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Leroy Clark

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Wichita, Kansas, United States


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Leroy Clark has spent many years as a university theatre professor, director and playwright. He has directed over 100 theatre productions. He has written 25 plays with about a dozen of them produced in 21 professional, community, and university theatres. He has published 2 books. He has written a novel and is seeking an agent. He also has two new unproduced plays: BUNNY'S FAMDAMILY about a poor family in a trailor park struggling financialy who find a solution to their woes through shoplifting. JULY SUN is the story of three sisters who learn a secret about their mother that
changes their lives.

His most recent play HOLOGRAPHIC TIGER EATS MAN TRESSPASSING IN TRAILER PARK was selected by the Actors' Theatre of Santa Cruz, CA, as one of eight plays for their 15th Annual ten-minute play contest. It was produced as part of the "8 Tens at 8" in January, 2010.

SHOOTOUT AT KEYSTONE CANYON, based on an incident in Alaskan history, ran for 114 performances in three summers in Valdez, Alaska. He won the Great Alaska Playrush with LIKE FASTHER. The drama was given a staged reading at the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival in San Francisco, and The Portland Stage Company in Maine. It was produced by Valley Performing Arts in Alaska.

The romantic drama, THE LADY AND THE GYPSY, won the Jack Morrison Playwriting Fellowship, funded by the Kennedy Center and was work shopped at the Shenandoah Valley Playwrights Retreat and produced by the Maine Masque Theatre at the University of Maine.

REBEL, the story of a rock singer and a small-town mechanic, won the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Award. The play was produced at the Neighborhood Playhouse in Atlanta, given a staged reading by the Out North Theatre in Alaska and produced at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The play won the Salt and Pepper Mime Company National Award and also ran for a month in Chicago at the Beat Kitchen.

Wichita Summer Theatre produced the romantic comedy LOVE, MIKE in 1991, the historical play Wild Old Wichita in 1993 and the black gospel show PREACHER WOMAN in 1995.

OUTBURST is a drama about a small town high school history teacher. The play had staged readings at Wichita State, was given a workshop production at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and had two staged readings in NYC. The revised version was a finalist in the 13th St. Repertory Theatre’s 2005 New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, a national competition dealing with diversity, and a 2006 winner of an international competition, sponsored by the Pickled Little Theatre in Vancouver, Canada.

SHAKESPEARE'S JOURNEY is a romantic drama about Shakespeare’s struggle between career and family. The play was produced by J. David Blatt at Wichita State University Theatre. A staged reading of a revised draft with a new cast was done at the Regional American College Theatre Festival at Iowa State University, directed by Aaron Cabell. The play won Clark the Kansas Arts Commission’s 1999 Playwriting Fellowship. Noted Columbia Professor, author and editor Howard Stein arranged for a reading in New York in the summer of 1999. It was produced at Florida International University in April, 2001; October, 2001; and February, 2002. Charlotte Headrick directed a production of the play at Oregon State University in May, 2009.


Clark received two Hamlet Playwriting Awards: one for THE JUNGLE SET and one for A MEMORY IN BLACK AND WHITE. Other awards include a Shubert Playwriting Fellowship, a Citation from the Alaska State Legislature for directing and playwriting, the 1998 Wichita State College of Fine Arts Faculty Award for Creative Arts, and the 1999 University Award in Creative Arts. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He has studied with John Orlock, Irene Fornes, John Sayles, Frank Moher, Lee Wochner, Bill Ballantyne, and Jeffrey Sweet. Dr. Clark has also directed over 100 plays.

Clark’s textbook, WRITING FOR THE STAGE, was published by Allyn & Bacon-Pearson in 2006. The trade version of the book, PRACTICAL PLAYWRITING, was published by Allyn & Bacon-Pearson in April, 2007.

Interests: mystery, gay fiction

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: No


Published works:


  • Writing for the Stage