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Ms. Trish Clark
Trish Clark (actor, educator, producer) Trish received her Master of Arts degree in Acting and Directing from the University of Kentucky. During those years, Trish had the opportunity to play roles in A Tale of Two Cities (Madam DeFage), A Little Night Music (Desiree), Crimes of the Heart (Maggie), Sweeney Todd (The Beggar Woman), Chicago (Velma), and A Comedy of Errors (Adriana).
After finishing her graduate work at UK, Trish began teaching at Tates Creek High School,and the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and later at the newly constructed Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in 1991.
Her stage career continued as Trish worked with theatre groups in the community. She performed in the world premiere of Charles Pogue’s Who Dunnit Darlin’ with Studio Players, Bullshot Crummond for Theatre DownUnder, Dancing at Lughnasa (Maggie), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Martha), and The Glass Menagerie (Amanda) for Phoenix Group Theatre, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Mamma) for Actor’s Guild of Lexington, and Agnes of God (Dr. Martha Livingston), a special production featuring the collaborative effort of UK and the Lexington Shakespeare Festival. Trish also performed in Much Ado about Nothing, All the King’s Men, and The Taming of the Shrew with the Lexington Shakespeare Festival.
As an educator, Trish has directed and produced over 100 plays for high school students from across Fayette County. Her students received many awards for their hard work and dedication, including several wins at the Kentucky Theatre Association State Drama Festival. Her production of Ntozake Shange’s, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf was featured in special presentation at UK’s Singletary Center for the Arts. Trish traveled many times with her award-winning students to perform in the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference.
Trish was named Fayette County Teacher of the Year, Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year, and the National Society for Arts and Letters Educator of the Year in 1999. In that same year, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Department of Theatre was invited by the American High School Theatre Festival to perform in Edinburgh, Scotland. As part of the globally recognized Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, Dunbar students were the first Kentucky students to represent the United States at the prestigious event in 2000. After continued success, Trish’s students again received a nomination to attend the festival in 2006.
Trish served as Artistic Director for the Lexington Shakespeare Festival from 1996 until 2005. In 2003, Trish chartered the Lexington Shakespeare Institute. Designed as an intense training ground for students in grades 9-12, the Lexington Shakespeare Institute combined Trish’s experience with that of other educators to ensure the future of Kentucky’s artistic talent. With the rare opportunity to work with experienced performers from across the nation under a well-rounded curriculum, students from Central Kentucky thrive amongst peers who share their same goals in the collegiate world as well as the professional arena. This program continued as LSF became the Kentucky Conservatory Theatre where Trish offered services as Artistic Director for SummerFest until 2009 and its training ground until 2011.
Trish worked for UK Opera Theatre Department and Everett McCorvey until taking on the role of Executive/Artistic Director of Woodford Theatre. She also travels around the state portraying the role of Mary Todd Lincoln for the Kentucky Humanities council.
On a personal note, Trish has two daughters, Emily and Ellie. Emily was a SCAPA pioneer in SCAPA’s first year and Ellie attended the second year of SCAPA. It was great fun teaching her own kids in Drama class!