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From Buena Vista to Broadway
18-year-old actor wins prestigious monologue event;
begins production of film, prepares to study at SMU

From the July 31, 2019 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   If you've never heard of Buena Vista native Trajan Clayton, it's a pretty good bet that one day you will. The 18-year-old aspiring actor has already received rave reviews – and a big award – on Broadway.
   Clayton lived in Buena Vista and attended Marion County schools through the 8th grade. While here, he began falling in love with theatre as a One Act Play cast member under the direction of teacher Rutchie Pollock. He also was one of the early members of the Marion County Performance Academy (and this summer returned to participate in one of the Performance Academy Saturday Shows).
   His passion for the craft of acting grew as he finished his high school years and recently graduated from Perry High School. Now, he is poised to begin his freshman year in the drama program of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas.
   SMU wasn't actually on his radar as he pondered his future during his senior year of high school. However, once he won the prestigious August Wilson ... The rest of the story.