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Welcome to the website of JC Clementz!

JC is the Director of Casting and Artistic Operations at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and a freelance stage director. He has cast productions out of Chicago and New York over the past decade including the Broadway productions of Linda Vista, Pass Over, and The Minutes. As a freelance director his credits include the Associate Director for the pre-Broadway run of The Devil Wears Prada: A New Musical (Broadway in Chicago), Director of The NerdThe All Night Strut!Murder for Two, Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano, The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith, The Doyle & Debbie Show, Forever Plaid (Milwaukee Rep), Waiting: A Song Cycle (The World’s Stage/Cherry Lane, NYC), and Murder for Two (Merrimack Rep).  He holds an MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University, and is a proud member of SDC and the Casting Society.


Casting for Steppenwolf's 2024-2025 Season


The Ballad of Oedipus  

Based on "Oedipus The King" by Sophocles 
Music by Nygel D. Robinson  
Adapted, Directed, and Lyrics by JC Clementz 


JC won an Artios Award for his casting of Downstate at Playwright Horizons! Read about it in Deadline and Playbill

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"Clementz excels in comic and musical pieces, crisply executed and masterfully paced while nevertheless tapping into deeper, often overlooked emotional undercurrents."

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Steppenwolf Theatre


As Director of Casting at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and previously at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, JC has cast productions out of Chicago and New York City over the past decade. Highlights include the world premiere Steppenwolf productions of Downstate by Bruce Norris (also National Theatre, UK and off-Broadway), Tracy Letts' The Minutes (also on Broadway) and Linda Vista (also Broadway and Los Angeles), The Doppelganger (an international farce) starring Rainn Wilson, and Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over, which was filmed at Steppenwolf by Spike Lee and made its debut at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival before transferring to Broadway in 2021. JC has been nominated for Artios Awards for his casting work on Downstate (2023 winner), Bug (2022), and Duchess! Duchess! Duchess! (2021). He is a proud member of the Casting Society.


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