Ron Clark (Distinguished Artist in Residence) teaches acting studio classes and directs plays at Cornell. He holds an M.F.A. in acting from the University of Iowa, and is a founder and co-artistic director of Riverside Theatre, Iowa City's resident professional company. He's also worked at Missouri Summer Repertory, Five Flags Theatre, Iowa Summer Repertory and Company II in Seattle. In 1998, along with co-artistic director Jody Hovland, he won the STAR Award (Service To Arts in the Region).

His performance work includes the one-man play Clarence Darrow, Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men, Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, Michael Rowen in the epic Kentucky Cycle, Burton Stauss in Spinning Into Butter, and Martin Dysart in Equus. Other recent roles include Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Uncle Peck in Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, Willie Loman in Death of a Salesman, and Lear in King Lear.

At Cornell he's directed Equus, Blue Surge, and Story Theatre, and has written and performed the one-man semi-autobiographical play Kindred Hearts as well the Christmas memoir, Small Miracles. Ron's other directing credits include several Shakespeare productions, Pippin, The Road to Mecca, Villains, Steel Magnolias, The Diary of Anne Frank, Blood Brothers, The Elephant Man, and Beyond Therapy. He also played Pat Garrett on NBC in the television production of The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid.