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Constance Ray
Department of Theatre Arts



If you're a Tony watcher (June 2013), keep your fingers crossed for Hands on a Hardbody. It has received 3 nominations including Best Original Score. The role of “Cindy Barnes” in this musical is played by ECU alumna Connie Ray.

Additional Broadway credits for Ray include Next Fall and The Heidi Chronicles.  Her television credits include The Big C  as “Principal Connie Schuler” and other series including Hart of Dixie, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, My Name Is Earl, and the George Lopez TV series.  She has appeared in such films as Flags of Our Fathers, Thank You For Smoking, Stuart Little, Welcome to Paradise (with ECU alumna Beth Grant), About Schmidt, and Speed 2: Cruise Control (with ECU alumna Sandra Bullock).


In addition to her Broadway appearances, Ray also wrote the bluegrass gospel musical Smoke On The Mountain, which opened Off Broadway in 1990 and is still widely performed today.