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Meet the Cast: Clinton W. Thornton

November 24, 2015

Catalyst Arts ATL is proud to introduce Clinton W. Thornton who will be playing Dray in our upcoming production of "The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek".


You may have seen him around town as he has been involved with almost every professional theatre in some capacity including Horizon Theatre, Fabrefaction, Center for Puppertry Arts, Alliance Theatre Education, Theatre Emory, Syncronicity, Theatre in the Square, and Georgia Shakespeare.


In addition to being an actor is also a director and writer. As a writer he’s had scripts produced at the Center for Puppetry Arts, PushPush Theater, Kef Productions in NYC, and Synchronicity. He also published his first novel, “Mommer ’n’ Diddy What Live Next Door” ­ available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and other digital and print outlets. 


Catalyst is so lucky to welcome Clinton to our stage as his years of experiences and talent truely bring the part of Dray to life! Don't miss your chance to see him perform by getting your tickets today at:



See Clint's full bio and credit listing below. 



C. W. Thornton has been working as a theatrical professional in the Southeast since 1989. He is an Audie Award* nominated narrator as well as stage actor, whose notable roles include Sweeney in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Fabrefaction; Nominated for a Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical), Old Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World (Arís), Dray in The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Catalyst), Dr. Watson in Hound of the Baskervilles (ART Station), Credeau in No Exit (Impulse Repertory), Tornado in Weather Rocks! (Center for Puppetry Arts), Salieri in Amadeus (Trinity).


For fourteen years he also served as Resident Stage Manager, Playwright, Director, Resident Puppeteer, and Guest Artist at Atlanta’s renown Center for Puppetry Arts, including performing in the world premiere of Jon Ludwig’s UNIMA** awardwinning Duke Ellington’s Cat. He also served as the original director for Horizon Theatre’s wildly popular The Santaland Diaries, continuing the tradition for 10 years, from 1998­ to 2007. In addition to helping found Synchronicity Theatre’s Family Series and directing many of their reputable Family Series productions, including the highly acclaimed Alice Through The Wonderglass; Bunnicula; The Snow Queen; and A Year with Frog and Toad, Thornton served as Family Series Director for three years at Synchronicity, during which A Year with Frog and Toad won three Suzi Bass Awards: Outstanding Production of a Musical; Outstanding Costume Design; and Outstanding Director of a Musical.


His experience in adult theatre education and developing new work led to many fruitful years in collaboration with Alliance Theatre Education, resulting in these unique and innovative productions: Fractured Families; The Letts Fest; Into the Works: The Dynamics of Stephen Sondheim; Courtin’ the Spark: Inspirations from Joni Mitchell; Paradise Gardens (performed in the High Museum of Art’s Howard Finster exhibit); Eavesdropping (world premiere of original musical by Atlanta composer John Cerreta.)


As a longtime colleague of Theater Emory, he has appeared in Brave New Works; as The Bhagvata in Hayawanada; Pischik in The Cherry Orchard; Bradley in Buried Child; and the Monster in Frankenstein, as well as directing Macbeth in 2013.


For the former Theatre in the Square he helmed many productions, including the world premiere of The Library Dragon by nationally known storyteller and NPR contributor, Carmen Deedey. Thornton has also worked extensively with Habima Theatre, a company comprised of actors who are differently abled (Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Aspergers’, etc), performing as Harold Hill in The Music Man; singing the voice of Audrey II (The Plant) in Little Shop of Horrors; and directing their highly successful production of Guys and Dolls. Other directing credits include: The 39 Steps (Theatre in the Square); Around the World in 80 

Days (Theatrical Outfit; Nominated for a Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Production of a Play); The Big Bang (Horizon Theatre); Tom Thumb the Great (Georgia Shakespeare); A Shayna Maidel, The Compleat Works of Shakespeare (Highlands Playhouse).


As a writer he’s had scripts produced at the Center for Puppetry Arts, 

PushPush Theater, Kef Productions in NYC, and Synchronicity; he’s also published his first novel, “Mommer ’n’ Diddy What Live Next Door” ­ available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and other digital and print outlets. Thornton also has extensive production credits as a stage manager, sound designer, composer, musical director, and singer. (*Audie Award ­ highest American honor in the Audiobook industry) (**UNIMA ­ Certificate of Excellence from Union Internationale de la Marionette ­ highest honor in the art of puppetry)

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