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Professor Clay received her M.F.A. in dramatic art –
design from the University of California at Davis and her B.A. in Interior
Design from the California State University at Fresno. She began teaching,
designing scenery & lights and production managing at Seattle University in
1986. Since that time, she has designed over 50 productions at SU.
designer, Clay is interested in the developmental process of creating new work
for the theatre and the use of puppets in the theatre, a fascination she has
nurtured since creating a flying Babe-The-Blue-Ox for a production of Sam
Shepard’s Mad Dog Blues in 1991 and participating in an intensive Henson
puppetry workshop in the summer of 1994. 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 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.
Clay was chair of the department of fine
arts from 1996-2009, a period of tremendous growth that included a tripling of
student majors; new degree programs in art history, interdisciplinary arts,
digital design, photography, music and the MFA in arts leadership; new studios,
practice rooms and classrooms for visual art, design and music; the Hedreen and
Vachon galleries; and the building of the theatre, the Lee Center for the Arts.