UVU Theatre Professor Opens Up About ALS Diagnosis

Christopher Clark, theatre department chair and professor at Utah Valley University, recently opened up about his recent diagnosis of ALS for Utah Valley Magazine this month. ALS, best known as Lou Gehrig's disease and the inspiration for the ice-bucket challenge in 2014, is a disease that kills neurons and affects voluntary muscle movement. As of the end of 2016, there is no cure and a typical life span of 2-5 years after diagnosis.

Professor Clark, an actor, director, and Kennedy Award winner teaches acting courses to UVU Students. He has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Globe Theater in London, has produced and acted in plays all over the world and in our own backyard where he is the executive producer of the Robert Redford's Sundance Summer Theatre.

While his diagnosis is obviously a hard thing, Clark continues teaching his engaged students at UVU where he has been teaching for now 15 years. Pending any unforeseen health issues, Clark will keep with tradition and travel to the UK with students this summer.

To read more on Christopher Clark's diagnosis with ALS, how he and his family are coping, and hear how humor is playing a role in treatment, follow the link to Utah Valley Magazine.


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