Who in blazes is Clayton D. Moss???
Described as "Australia's emerging acting talent" by Filmink Magazine, Clay's accrued an impressive resume of across Theater, Film & Television for over 20yrs that has taken him all around the globe for both domestic & international productions.
Clay's appeared in a wide array of roles for many popular Australian & International tele-dramas & movies, including Gregor Jordan's upcoming Australian Gangster miniseries, Nomad, Rescue: Special Ops, Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, Second Skin, Deadly Women, All Saints and Dealing With Destiny, starring opposite Luke Arnold (Black Sails, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart). He's also performed in many hit plays across Sydney such as Your Heart is My Piñata (Factotum Theatre, 2011), MATE (Downstairs Belvoir, 2009), The Subtle Art of Flirting (Tunks Productions, 2005) and Pick-ups (Tamarama Rock Surfers, 2003) - just to mention a handful.
In 2021, Clayton received the award for Best Actor at the Sydney S+S Festivals '2020 Hindsight' Gala Finals for his performance in Rentals, which also won the People's Choice award for Best Play on the same night. He garnered unanimous praise among critics for his portrayal of 'Steve' in Devil May Care's production of Songs of Grace and Redemption & then again for his role as 'A' with Montague Basement's production of Sarah Kane's Crave, both for the 2010 & 2016 Sydney Fringe Festivals respectively.
Since early 2000, Clay has been a proud and ongoing sponsor of Childfund Australia. He's listed as a Founding Supporter of The Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures located in Los Angeles, CA, a patron of the Sydney Film Festival and served as a spokesperson in a national TVC campaign with Variety, the Children's Charity, which helped raise $10,000 for the organisation via proceeds from the cinema ticket sales of Dealing with Destiny in August, 2011. In mid 2019, Clayton published his book Anōmalía, a collection of 14 short speculative fiction.
On the job, Clay consistently maintains his reputation for being affable, a team player and of always pulling his own weight - from initial casting through to the final production day. The roles he tends to play are characters possessed of both strength and vulnerability, often with a pale, piercing gaze and a focused yet latent magnetism. As an actor, his strength lies in his ability to exert subtlety of emotion, inner conflict and silent shifts in thought between the fanfare of moments. Outside of work, he is a fellow of many individual skills, experiences and talents, too numerous to list here.
Suffice to say, Clayton thoroughly enjoys the company and collaborative exchange between like-minded creatives and is motivated by nothing more than to serve the character within the greater narrative of the script, to be challenged within his roles and to constantly push himself to be the best.
"Picking up the audience vote People’s Choice award was the very moving “Rentals” by Gregory Hardigan, directed by S+S veteran Frank Leggett and starring Chris Price, Clayton Moss and Danny Barton as three fathers from different backgrounds, united by a single, shocking tragedy... Moss (was awarded) Best Actor."Reviews By Judith
"I’m still caught where this play changed, I could feel it creeping up, kind of becoming aware of it before it happened, hoping I’d got it wrong. I hadn’t. Brilliant, haunting, moving. Powerful performances by Chris Price, Clayton Moss, and Danny Barton."Theatre Travels
"Week 1 declared the same vignette Rentals both the winner by the Peoples Choice and Judges."Sydney Scoop
"Overall, the performance was thought provoking with heavy themes that the actors translated well... By far, Clayton Moss’s monologue was a stand out. I was drawn in by his performance and held on to every word he said."Vertigo
"Each of the actors involved are commendable: In particular, Kate Pimblett and the memorably creepy Clayton Moss, whose characters are only known as C and A respectively, skillfully establish a chemistry that is both repulsive and enthralling to watch."Grapeshot Magazine
DEALING WITH DESTINY
"The film is also worth a look to scope out Australia's emerging acting talent including Clayton Moss, Steve Maresca and Catherine Jermanus."Filmink Magazine
SONGS OF GRACE AND REDEMPTION
"Whilst not every player is equal in their ability or delivery, the performances of Clayton Moss, Kathryn Schuback and Nathaniel Scotcher were the high points of the evening. The interplay between Moss and Schuback as brother and sister, was sweet, engaging and funny... Moss’ TV credentials serve him well to be able to work with a small space and his good looks only underpinned a credible performance as a man conflicted between his heart and his head."Aussie Theatre
SONGS OF GRACE AND REDEMPTION
"Director Danielle O’Keefe’s production is sharp, in tune with the play’s episodic style, featuring short, punchy scenes. The highlight was the acting with a good cast, easily slipping in and out of multiple roles. Kathryn Schuback gave a very credible performance playing Sarah, a woman with cerebral palsy but with a very independent, feisty spirit. Sarah had to contend with an over-protective older brother, Steve, well played by Clayton Moss."Sydney Arts Guide
SONGS OF GRACE AND REDEMPTION
"Clayton Moss as Steve, a self-conscious loner with much to hide, and Kathryn Schuback as his disabled sister Sarah, provide a very touching final scene which hints at the grace and redemption from the work’s title."Arts Hub
THE PRISON OF THE TESTICLE
"Clayton Moss and Jessica Holburn show themselves to be pretty good character actors in this piece about a bickering New York couple. Dan Balcaban's directing is good, the set evokes a tatty lounge room with just a few pieces of furniture."Aussie Theatre
SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL
"-and, best of all, by Clayton Moss's charismatic portrayal of Charles."North Shore Timeout