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The Theatre in Community Podcast: a Conversation with Clayton LeBouef, Part 1

The Theatre in Community Podcast: a Conversation with Clayton LeBouef, Part 1

With Hosts Elizabeth Bruce and Michael Oliver

Today, we present another Theatre in Community podcast, a conversation with longtime friend and theater colleague Clayton LeBouef.

Clayton is an American actor, playwright, activist, and producer, best known for his recurring television role as Colonel George Barnfather in Homicide: Life on the Street, and in the 2000 epilogue, Homicide: The Movie.

In 2000, he also appeared in the award-winning miniseries, The Corner, and in 2002, he played Wendell Orlando Blocker in the renowned long-form television drama, The Wire. Clayton also appeared in the HBO movie Something the Lord Made with Mos Def and in many episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Law and Order: SVU.

His portrayal of barbershop owner Tom Taylor in the short film The Doll won him Best Actor honors at the San Diego Black Film Festival. As a stage actor, he has performed widely in the Washington, Baltimore region and nationally, including as a repertory company member in Howard Sackler's The Great White Hope, directed by Molly Smith, and August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean at Arena Stage; in A Soldier’s Play at Source Theater; at Anacostia Playhouse in his play, RS/24; and as the title character in Derek Walcott's Ti-Jean and His Brothers at Sanctuary Theater. A playwright, DJ, activist, and spoken word poet, Clayton's play, Shero: The Livication of Henrietta Venton Davis, was commissioned by Baltimore's Center Stage. His play, Tied Apart, addresses apartheid in South Africa.

And his recent play, RS/24, features a record store owner selling vinyl of the musical greats. Born in Yonkers, New York, Clayton attended Carnegie Mellon University before moving to Washington, D. C. in 1974. He is married to Zuella Evans, and they have two adult daughters.

For more information about Clayton, click here.



·         Howard Sackler's The Great White Hope

·         August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean

·         A Soldier’s Play

·         A Soldier’s Story

·         Baltimore Center Stage

·         Petey Greene 

·         Ron Canada

·         Pat Sheehy 

·         Ti-Jean and his Brothers

·         Derek Walcott 

·         James Earl Jones

·         Jane Alexander 

·         Zelda Fichandler 

·         August Wilson 

·         Lorraine Hansberry

·         Conquest of the South Pole

·         Man Who Came to Dinner

·         Margo Hall 

·         TransAfrica

·         Southern Africa Support Project

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Creativists in Dialogue
Creativists in Dialogue Podcast
Welcome to Creativists in Dialogue, a podcast embracing the creative life, with your hosts Elizabeth Bruce and Michael Oliver. In this weekly podcast, we interview people from all walks of life about the role that creativity plays in shaping who they are. We explore creativity at both the practical level, and the process level.
We also, on occasion, delve into the philosophical dimensions of creativity—that might have influenced a person’s life and work.
Importantly, not all the people we interview are “Artists”—though some are—but they all live their creativity every day in their fields of expertise, their relationships, and beyond.
In other words, we approach creativity as a vital force to a healthy life. Not only does it change the world but it changes who a person is and how they see themselves.