My name is Clark Clyburn and I am an aspiring play writer, screenwriter, producer, actor, and a playwright-director from Paterson, New Jersey. I graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, New Jersey in 1989. In 1991, I obtained my Certificate in Computer Technology. Currently, I have some college credits in Computer Information Systems. Although I work for Valley National Bank in Wayne, New Jersey as a Computer Operations Shift Supervisor, my next endeavor is to become a professional play writer. I want to reach all Cultures and Races by writing plays, stories, and poetry on all aspects of life.
It wasn’t until the 1990s that I realized my true calling in writing. I started writing, producing, performing, and directing short plays at Serenity Baptist Church in Paterson, New Jersey from 1994-1999. Some of my short plays were the following: “The Rich Man and The Poor People,” “The 3 Wise Men,” and a short play honoring the accomplishments of African-Americans, during Black History Month in 1999. In 2004, I wrote, produced, performed, and directed a biblical play at Grace Gospel Church in Paterson, New Jersey called, “Job: Unconditional Faith,” which was based on the book of Job in the bible.
I also write poetry, short stories, songs, and essays on all aspects of life. Some of my noted poetry are the following: “I Pray,” “Heavenly Father, Help Me,” “World Love (The History of Terrorism in America and 9/11),” “What’s The Difference Between A Racist And A Terrorist?,” “An Anti-War Message,” “Hello, Washington (A Letter to the Government),” “Red Rose (A Valentine’s Day Poem),” “A Place In My Heart (A Valentine’s Day Poem),” “Black Woman,” “I’ll Be That (A Love Poem),” “Down By The Hudson (A Love Poem),” “Building Love On Top Of Hate- Ground Zero (Essay),” “The American Thief (Essay),” “Black-On-Black Crime (Essay),” “Renovate (A Short Story),” and many more.
With promising results of my writing skills, I stepped out on faith and ventured to bigger venues, such as writing, producing, performing, and directing my first stage play called, “Black-On-Black Crime,” which derived from an essay I wrote in 2001. The play dealt with the violent crimes that take place throughout the urban cities of America with a twist at an actual solution in reducing the crime. The play was performed at the Passaic County Community College Theatre in Paterson, New Jersey on July 12, 2007.
My second play was performed on July 12, 2008, at the Madeline Theatre in Paterson, New Jersey, which was called, “A Woman’s Temple,” which derived from a short story I wrote called, “Renovate.” This production centered on the various ways women are abused. The play, also, showed no matter how tragic your life is or has become, God can turn your life around from a world of misery to a world of complete happiness.
My third play was performed on July 9, 2009, at the Passaic County Community College Theatre in Paterson, New Jersey, which was called, “Hip-Hop Spelling Bee: The Sharp Minds Of Our Youth.” This production was an anti-gang play. The play dealt with a group of misguided teenagers, who belonged to street gangs. Instead of fighting and killing one another, they use their minds to fight for something positive and educational.
My fourth play was performed on June 12, 2010, at the Great Falls Performing Arts Center in Paterson, New Jersey, which was called, “A Father’s Repentance: A Reflection In Time.” This play was based on a true story about my father on how he struggled and overcame drug addiction.
My fifth play, “Down By The Hudson: A Love Story For The Soul,” is my signature play thus far. It was performed on June 3 & 10, 2011 at the Passaic County Community College Theatre in Paterson, New Jersey. This play is my first gospel love story about the “ups & downs” of relationships today. I, also, performed this play on May 26, 2012, at my church home of Grace Chapel Baptist Church in Paterson, New Jersey with Gregory L. Wilson being the pastor. With the Grace and Blessings of God Almighty, I was able to perform this play to a sold-out crowd in New York City on July 28, 2012, and on January 12, 2013 at the Producers’ Club. This was my first New York “Off-Off-Broadway” play, which was very successful. The people of New Jersey and New York loved us!! We were also blessed to perform this play on March 2, 2013 to a sold out crowd in Passaic, New Jersey at a church called, The Church By The Side of the Road with Theresa Nance being the pastor. My cast did an outstanding job and I am blessed to have them as part of my production! On April 13, 2013, we performed this play at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint in Washington, D.C., which was very successful! On June 29, 2013, we performed this play in Willingboro, New Jersey at the John F. Kennedy Recreational Center, which was also successful. And, On October 26, 2013 and on March 1, 2014, we successfully performed this production at the legendary Newark Symphony Hall Theatre in Newark, New Jersey. This play was, also, performed successfully at The Luna Stage Theatre in West Orange, New Jersey on Saturday, July 21, 2018.
My sixth play, “A Praying Father: A Gift From God,” was performed at my church home of Grace Chapel Baptist Church in Paterson, New Jersey on June 20, 2015 on Father’s Day Weekend, which was very successful! This play was, also, performed successfully at The Luna Stage Theater in West Orange, N.J. on June 17 & 18 2017, and on June 16, 2018. This play centered on a man, who is a Christian, a husband, and a father, who is going through a time of crisis where the enemy tries to break his spirit by attacking his family. Through the perseverance of his faith and the power of prayer, he and his family are able to overcome the adversary that nearly shattered their lives.
My seventh play, “Back Down By The Hudson: Another Love Story For The Soul,” which is Part 2 to the hit play, “Down By The Hudson: A Love Story For The Soul,” was performed at the legendary Newark Symphony Hall Theatre in Newark, New Jersey on October 17, 2015.
The play deals with the challenges for Christian couples to stay married in today’s society.
The play was very successful and it was a nearly sold out show! This play was, also, performed successfully at The Luna Stage Theatre in West Orange, New Jersey on July 20, 2019 & July 21, 2019.
My eighth play, “Trouble In Johnny’s House,” was performed in its entirety on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at The Church By The Side of the Road with Rev. Theresa Nance being the pastor. This play deals with a single-parent father, who goes through some obstacles with his ex-wife, before enjoying his relationship with his new girlfriend.
I still reside in Paterson, New Jersey and I am a proud single-parent father to my son Xavier Clyburn, who graduated on June 25, 2013 from the Passaic County Technical Institute High School in Wayne, New Jersey. Currently, I attend Grace Chapel Baptist Church in Paterson, New Jersey where Gregory L. Wilson is the Pastor. I’ve done some volunteer work in reciting poetry to support the “Feed The Children Foundation,” which was led by Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Passaic, New Jersey. In 2015, I participated in a 5 mile walk in East Orange, New Jersey to support children with Autism. In 2015, I, also, participated in another 5 mile walk in Verona, New Jersey to support people with Sickle Cell Anemia.
Writer, Producer, Actor, and Director