Cliff Campbell (Company Member)

Cliff Campbell is delighted to be a part of ECT. Before moving to Los Angeles this past summer, Cliff spent eight years working for Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn, New York as a theater teacher and school administrator. He currently teaches high school Drama with Green Dot Public Schools in South Los Angeles. He has acted on various stages in New York and regionally and is excited to perform in the LA area. Cliff is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Theatre from the City College of New York.

Getting To Know... Cliff

Tell us about a transformative educational experience. 



In my junior year of college, I attended the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Center in Connecticut. The program challenged me in every way as an actor and theater creator. It taught me how to take risks with my art and find my voice as a theater maker.




What about transformative professional experiences? 


When I created a high school theater program in Brooklyn, NY I was able to work with teenagers to make something brand new and exciting. It sharpened my educational, artistic, and logistical skill sets and was the most fun I’ve ever had in rehearsal rooms! Plus I got to direct musicals!



Why I do what I do... 


I have been hooked on performance since I was 13. I love to work with like-minded people (be it a professional theater company or my high school drama students) to make something from nothing and say something about the human condition. I do this work to have fun and be a part of something bigger than myself.



What about ECT inspires you? 


I am inspired by ECT’s commitment to risk-taking. The work is unapologetically theatrical, truthful, and full of energy and thought.



Where have you traveled? Where would you like to visit? 


 Favorites travels include Morocco, Russia, Canada, and Peru! Where do I dream of traveling? Kenya, Thailand, and Denmark.



My favorite "day-off" event would be... 


Going on a road-trip adventure with my wife and dog with lots of eating along the way!



If I had one million dollars I would... 


Go on the HGTV show, Lottery Dream Home!



Did you know... 


I weighed 3 lbs at birth.

I hate beets, olives, and Fig Newtons

I will see any musical.

Cliff's Favorites


  1. Mac and cheese
  2. Chicken pot pie
  3. Coffee ice cream


  1. Hockey (I married a Canadian!)
  2. Baseball
  3. I rarely watch sports, so listing a 3rd would be a lie!


  1. Letters to a Young Poet (Rilke)
  2. Stephen King (got hooked in junior high school)
  3. The Secret History (Donna Tartt)


  1. Celebrity
  2. Poker
  3. Where are my Keys?

TV Series

  1. This Is Us (I cry every Tuesday)
  2. Bachelor/Bachelorette (not ashamed!)
  3. Anything on HGTV!


  1. Teaching high school theater
  2. Improv comedy
  3. All things awkward
  4. Laughing
  5. Shedding my New York self to become a Californian!

Mentors/Role Models

  1. My parents
  2. My brothers
  3. My wife
  4. My high school Drama students
  5. Artistic collaborators past and present


  1. Seeing theater and improv
  2. Traveling with my wife Kristen
  3. Spending time with my dog Cadbury
  4. Running 5K’s (VERY new hobby!)

Cliff's 50 Year Time-Capsule

  • Wedding photo album
  • Travel photo albums
  • Notes from my high school students
  • Pictures of my doggy
  • Playbills from plays I’ve seen or acted in
  • My stuffed animal guinea pig, Scuttles!
  • High school yearbook
  • College yearbook
  • A list of predications for 50 years from now to prove my psychic powers.