More on James Clancy

Born May 1, 1912 in Oakland, California, Clancy began his theatrical career by traveling with the stock companies at age 16. He started college in 1930, enrolling in the newly formed Speech and Drama Department. Jim Clancy was soon touted in the Campus Newspaper as “the best student ever turned out by the Drama Department.” Clancy received his Bachelor’s degree in 1935 and was made a member of the faculty one year later. While teaching at SJSU he simultaneously attended graduate school and received his Masters Degree from Stanford University. His successful academic career was interrupted by WWII during which he became a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps Intelligence.

Returning from the European campaign in 1946, he resumed one of the most intense and productive academic careers seen at SJSU, or any university. For several years he was the editor of the Educational Theatre Journal and received a prestigious Ford Foundation in 1959 for outstanding work in theatre.

In 1949 he married Stella Pinoris, a drama student who had received her degree the previous year. The new Clancy family quickly grew with the birth of three children (Patrick, Steven, and Elena). Following his tenure at San Jose State, Dr. Clancy held positions at University of Iowa, Stanford University, Dartmouth (in connection with the opening of the Hopkins Center for the Arts) and Cornell. While at both Dartmouth and Cornell, he started two Equity summer theatre companies, which are still operating today. He retired in 1977, but continued to teach and direct at universities in Kansas City and Austin, Texas. He returned to California where he occasionally taught and directed at Santa Clara University, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis and SJSU. Jim Clancy's theatrical legacy at SJSU includes 32 roles as an actor and an astonishing 65 productions as a director.


A sampling of photos from SJSU Clancy productions are displayed below. 


Clancy - 3 Sisters

The Three Sisters

Clancy - Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Clancy Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Clancy - Duchess Malfi

Duchess of Malfi

Clancy- Eurydice


Clancy - Green Grow

Green Grow the Lilacs

Clancy - Hamlet


Clancy - Lear

King Lear

Clancy - Medea


Clancy - Nights Wrath

Nights of Wrath

Clancy at rehersal

Clancy at rehersal

Clancy - Scapin

Trickery of Scapin

Clancy - Slapped

He Who Gets Slapped

Clancy - Tom

Our Town

Clancy - Volpane


Clacny - Jim and Stella

Jim and Stella