Clay Creates Sets for Seattle Shakespeare Company

Written by Laura Paskin
February 26, 2015

Professor Carol Wolfe Clay is designing the sets for Moliere's Tartuffe, the upcoming production of the Seattle Shakespeare Company. Tartuffe is one of Moliere's most famous comedies.

"The design for Tartuffe is a free-wheeling mix of 1940s Parisian elegance and the Los Angeles mid-century modern architecture of Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright," Clay said. "It is a fictional world that is part real and part museum diorama."

Clay, who received her MFA in dramatic art-design from the University of California at Davis, joined the faculty at Seattle University in 1986. She is theatre professor, scenic designer, and director of graduate practicums in the MFA in Arts Leadership program in the Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership.

Clay has designed over 50 university productions. In addition, her designs have been seen at Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, The Empty Space Theatre, New City Theatre, Seattle International Children's Festival, and the Group Theatre. She has designed the world premieres of Lauren Weedman?s Bust, Vera Wilde, and The Empress of Eden. She received a 2011 City Artists Grant for little world, a collaboration with playwright and Professor Ki Gottberg, and has created the visual worlds for other Gottberg original plays: Big Boss or the Inner Life of Everything, Ubu, Mirabelle a Breeze, and The Hairy Baby. Clay is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the professional organization for designers in the theatre, and the Puppeteers of America.

Tartuffe runs March 17 - April 12, 2015, at the Centerhouse Theatre at Seattle Center.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 37 minors, and 6 master's degrees. The Department of Performing Arts and Arts Leadership offers undergraduate degrees in theatre, music, and string performance and an MFA in Arts Leadership.