Jerry Jay Cranford
Rank: Assistant Professor
Education: M.F.A., Minnesota State University, Directing; B.F.A., University of Oklahoma, Music.
Bio: He is returning to his happy place for the third year with K-State Theatre! A professional actor, singer and dancer, he has performed on Broadway (Les Miserables), international and national tours (Les Miserables, Evita European Company as featured dancer, Singing in the Rain as Don, Anything Goes as Billy), regional stages, television and spent 3 years as the Genie in Disneyland's stage musical Aladdin. While at Disney, he served as a clinician teaching workshops in music history, music theory and improvisation. He has also performed as a principal with the acclaimed Kansas City Lyric Opera in their production of Turandot. In 2013, the MUNY Theatre of St. Louis hired Jay as dance captain to aid in staging their production of Les Miserables and perform in Shrek the Musical working with Broadway stars John Tartaglia, Julia Murney, Norm Lewis, Hugh Panaro and the producer Mike Isaacson, 2015 Tony Award Winner for the musical FunHome. He has served as director/choreographer for the world premiere of Madagascar: A Musical Adventure and A Year with Frog and Toad at the Coterie Theatre named one of the countries top five children’s theaters by Time magazine, the regional premiere of Everyday Rapture working with original star Sherie Renee Scott and librettist Dick Scanlan, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Les Miserables for the Merry Go Round Theater in New York, Aladdin and Peter Cottontail III for Kansas City Starlight Theatre at the Kauffman Performing Art Center and received an Ovation Nomination in Vancouver, BC for his production of The Marvelous Wonderettes. Most recently, he performed as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz for Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and as Gomez in The Addams Family for The New Theatre. He looks forward to portraying John Wilkes Booth in Assassins for Spinning Tree in 2017 and has been a proud member of Actors Equity for 25 years. None of the above credits compare to the joy of being a husband and father to two beautiful girls!
Favorite Quote: "If a thing isn't worth saying, you sing it." –Pierre Beaumarchais