Clifton Duncan

Actor, Singer, Writer, Podcaster

  • FAIR in the Arts Fellow

Clifton Duncan is a classically-trained actor, singer, writer, podcaster, and FAIR in the Arts fellow. Having earned his MFA from New York University’s renowned Graduate Acting Program, his critically-acclaimed body of work spans Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theatre, and TV. His outspoken views on art, entertainment, culture and society have garnered a substantial online following, and landed him on popular podcasts such as Triggernometry, TimcastIRL, and the The Dr. Drew Podcast. He’s also the creator of “The Clifton Duncan Podcast” and writes a newsletter called “The State of the Arts.”

Clifton advocates for freedom of expression for professional artists, and believes that a thriving arts culture is crucial to a healthy society.

Audiences don’t hate diverse characters. What they hate is being slammed as bigots for rejecting bad work from pretentious, unskilled activists posing as writers. If the demography of your characters becomes more important than the story, your story will probably suck.”

Clifton Duncan