Well-roared Lion

Well-Roared Lion

How do you measure the impact of a person like Dr. Christopher Layton Clark? Do you do it through the hundreds of students he taught and inspired in the classroom, the shows he directed, and the study abroad program he created? Is it through the thousands of audience members he made laugh and challenged through his art? Is it by the countless lives he cared for in the minutes he was with them? It’s all of that and so much more.




Chris as a lion

Christopher Clark Study Abroad Scholarship

One of Chris’ passions was the Theatre Study Abroad program at UVU in which he took students to London and Edinburgh to see some of the best theatre in the world and expand their minds to possibilities they had never considered.

After Chris received his ALS diagnosis, he wanted that Study Abroad program to continue to impact student lives after he was gone. A group of his friends and collaborators worked with him to remount one of his favorite productions, Xanadu, at the Hale Center Theatre in Orem as a fundraiser to create a scholarship to send a UVU directing student on the Theatre Study Abroad program each year.

The generous support of everyone who attended Xanadu was enough to create a half-scholarship in Chris’ name with that goal in mind. The Ron and Kaye Gunnel Family Foundation generously contributed additional funds to bring the total up to 75% of the amount needed to fully fund the scholarship. We would love to fulfill Chris’ hope of sending a directing student abroad to study theatre each year through a fully funded program.

We've almost reached our goal!

25% to reach our goalPlease join us in raising the final 25% needed to fully fund the Chris Clark Scholarship. You may contribute at one of the suggested donations levels listed below or at whatever level works best for you. Together we can continue the immensely positive impact Chris had on so many lives.


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Chris teaching


Please enjoy some of our remembrances of Chris and his impact on our lives. If you knew Chris, you’ll probably think fondly of the little and big ways he impacted you. If you never had a chance to meet Chris, we hope you get a sense of the legacy he leaves behind.