Welcome to Clay & Wattles Theater Company.
We are a 501 (C) (3), performing arts/education nonprofit organization performing at The Gary The Olivia Theater in Bethlehem, CT. Our mission is to explore our humanity in its many and diverse expressions through the illuminating lens of the theater – the stage. We believe in the thread that links all of the arts – performing, fine, literary and visual together and the vital impact that they all have on our American culture. Through performance and educational workshops we look to enrich the cultural landscape of Northwest, CT and the greater CT, NY and NJ region.
Clay & Wattles is dedicated to providing educational workshops and special performance opportunities, open to the public, presented by top professionals in music, theater, dance and art as a way of enriching the arts education and cultural life of our region. We also offer high school and college level students seriously interested in the visual and performing arts work/study opportunities assisting professionals in set design, lighting, sound engineering and performance during the course of the theater season.
Since 2007 the artistic direction of the theater company has been led by Sally and Thomas Camm (whose theater connection to The Gary The Olivia Theater goes back to the 1987 production of Pablo Casal’s Oratorio, El Pessebre). A native of Australia, Sally trained with both the Queensland Ballet and the Queensland Theater Company before touring Australia and Europe as a dance soloist and as an actor in Australia and London’s West End. She taught at Cornish College for the Arts in Seattle and has choreogrphed over twenty original works. Thomas Camm studied dance in Boston with David Shields from London’s Royal Ballet and as a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in NYC. As a member of Actor’s Equity and The American Guild of Musical Artists he performed as a soloist in the US, Austria, Germany and Switzerland and as a featured performer in musicals, operetta and oratorio. He has taught at Cornish College for the Arts, the Usdan Center for the Performing Arts and for the National Endowment for the Arts-Artists in Education program.
Currently the Clay & Wattles Theater Company’s season runs from June through October with a variety of plays and musical theater productions and educational workshops in music, theater, dance and design featuring working professionals in each discipline. Auditions are held each year and actors from the local community theater network, local colleges and universities and from Actor’s Equity audition for roles in the various productions. Our audience is growing – 4,500-5,000 theatergoers attend performances each season and take advantage of the wonderful amenities our area has to offer.
Through its promotional and development activities the theater reaches out to local businesses and other funding sources that will help secure the financial stability of the theater into the future. For information on sponsorships and donations to the theater company please go to
We hope you or your company will consider joining us as a sponsor or donor – a satisfying and fulfilling way of directly impacting our regional culture.
“Nature infuses the stage at The Gary The Olivia Theater. We think this effects all of our performers in some way, and perhaps has the potential to aid the actor in bringing honesty and authenticity to the characters they create on stage. For us, finding the physical expression of a character is one of the keys to bringing forth the human truth in a particular role. The close presence of nature and the surrounding Abbey land held by a working community of Benedictines helps to ground the stage and our performers.” Sally & Thomas Camm, Artistic Directors, Clay & Wattles Theater Company
Contact the theater company at: email@example.com or at 203 273-5669.
Brief History – The Gary The Olivia Theater
Clay & Wattles Theater Company performs at The Gary The Olivia Theater on the grounds of the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT. The Gary The Olivia Theater has a rich history and is a place where professional and serious theater students alike come to perform, study and learn in a one-of-a-kind, transforming environment. Built in 1986 through the generous support of donors spearheaded by Oscar winning actress Patricia Neal and her close friend, Mother Dolores Hart, OSB, this roofed, open-air theater is surrounded by the lush Connecticut countryside and seats approximately 350 people.
The theater was named after two significant persons in the life of Patricia Neal – The actor Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal’s daughter, Olivia.
The Clay & Wattles Theater Company strives to provide a space where performers can experiment and develop in their craft. Central to our mission is the act of collaboration – fostering relationships between all of the arts as we work together in painting the picture of the human person. We need each other!