Stanley Bennett Clay won 3 NAACP Theatre Awards and 3 Drama-logue Awards for writing, directing and co-producing the stage play "Ritual." He made his film writing/directorial debut with the film version, which was voted the Jury Award at the 2000 Pan African Film Festival.
He wrote the play "Lovers" (Theatre of Arts), wrote and composed the musical "Street Nativity" (Celebrity Centre Theatre), and wrote and starred in "Armstrong's Kid" Off-Broadway.
He directed the play "Jonin'" (Estelle Harmon Theatre, Drama-logue Award/Direction), produced the GLAAD award-winning "Children of the Night" (Ebony Showcase Theatre), and the world premiere of "Willie & Esther" which was a Los Angeles Times Critics' Choice and won 2 L.A. Weekly Awards, including Best Play.
As an actor, Clay starred and guest-starred in more than fifty TV and film productions including "Good Times," "Cheers," "Minstrel Man," James Michener's Dynasty," and "Cannonball." On stage, he starred in "Zooman and the Sign" (Drama-logue Award/NAACP Image Award Best Actor nominee) "Anna Lucasta" (NAACP Image Award Best Actor winner) and "Six Pieces of Musical Broadway" (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion).
The author of three novels--"Diva" (Holloway House), "In Search of Pretty Young Black Men" (Atria) and "Looker" (Atria)—he won the 2005 New York HOTEP Society Award for Best Gay Novel. He also co-authored "Visible Lives: Three Stories in Tribute to E. Lynn Harris."
As a black gay activist, Clay served on several non-profit boards, including Vice President of the Minority AIDS Project in Los Angeles. For ten years (1991-2001) he edited and published SBC Magazine, then the most widely distributed national monthly for the Black LGBT community. Currently he is senior editorial contributor to GBM News and DBQ magazine, and conducts several seminars on Black LGBT literature throughout the country.
The recipient of Genre Magazine's Life Guard Award, The National Black Writers' Founder's Award, and the first Black Gay and Lesbian Cultural Alliance Award, he also received the 2008 Oakland Black Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, Blatino Oasis 2010 Award for Literature, and the Indianapolis Black Pride/Brothers United Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.