After

writing and directing her first musical project,TOP CAT the MUSICAL, which featured Dancing With the Stars –  USA’s Derek Hough and Mark Ballas, for Philip McIntyre Entertainment in 2005, CJay was approached by Ben Elton to direct the 2005/6 British Tour of Tonight’s the Night – the Rod Stewart Musical starring Ryan Malloy and Rachel Tucker. At this time CJay was the instigator for bringing the UK’s first Hip Hop Musical to the West End and put together the promotion footage for Into The Hoods.

She spent most of her spare time in 2007 rediscovering and exploring script. Recent influences are Moira Buffini, Neil La Bute, Martin Crimp, Levi David Addai and Joanna Murray Smith, old favourites include Alan Bennet, Tennesse Williams and Alan Ayckbourn and was accepted on to the one year specialist directors course 2008/9 at RADA with the artistic director of the Almeida Theatre, Micheal Attenborough, as her mentor.

CJay trained at RADA under acclaimed director Sue Dunderdale and acting tutor Dee Cannon. She was awarded a 1st by RADA for her design for The Waiting Room by Tanika Gupta and her  work on ‘What it is to be an Actor’ based on her study and practical training using the Stanislavski Method.During her training she assisted Matthew Warchus on Razmina Reza’s The God Of Carnage, starring James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Marcia Gay Haden and Hope Davis, which opened on Broadway at the Bernard B Jacobs theatre in March 2009.

Her final graduation play The Shape Of Things by Neil Labute transfered from the GBS Theatre RADA to Edinburgh Festival 2009 to 5 star reviews.

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