Clifton has a passion for teaching the next generation of theatre artists, and is elated to serve as Education Director, as well as Director of the Woodford Theatre Young Artists. Recently, he had the privilege of directing the Kentucky premiere of Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! The Musical! Originally from California, a musical theatre family upbringing led him to obtain his degree from the University of Kentucky, where he studied Theatre and Music Education. There, he met his wife of now 23 years, Margaret. Together with their children, Emery and Mallory, they continue the family tradition on and off stage.
Clifton started his teaching career in 1998 teaching middle and high school music, and has continued working with and teaching various Central Kentucky programs over the years. He has also worked on numerous Woodford Theatre Mainstage productions - some favorites include Big River, A Christmas Story the Musical, Disney's The Lion King, Jr., Frozen, Jr., and Seussical, Jr.