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BIO:

Paul Clay is a an award winning multi media artist and set designer. Projects include Set Design for the Broadway Musical RENT. Recent work includes set lighting and video design for the National Theatre Wales, Volcano Theatre, Welsh National Opera co production “Shelf Life”, Swansea, Wales; De Nederlandse Opera‘s “Commedia”, Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Triple Shadow’s “Breath on the Mirror” La MaMa ETC, New York. He has also done set, lighting, and video design with Mabou Mines, Susan Marshall, David Dorfman, NYTW, BAM, and many more in the New York theater and dance community.

He received the 2004 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards Best Design, for “Perfect” at Contact Theatre, Manchester, UK. He designed the set for the Pulitzer prize-winning Broadway musical “Rent”, and received a 1997 Municipal Arts Society Times Square Spectacular Award from Tibor Kalman for his redesign of the marquee and exterior of the Nederlander Theater, as well as a 1997 Drama-Logue award, for “Rent”, Los Angeles. Other awards include the National Endowment for the Arts/ TCG Fellowship, and the Bessie award.

He has done live visual media for events, including Wyclef Jean‘s Carnival II Memoirs of an Immigrant Album Release party at New York’s Sounds of Brazil; the pre Obama Inauguration benefit for the not-for-profit Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, at Eyebar in, Washington DC, Bounce at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in NYC, and numerous other album and label launch parties, fashion events, and after parties.

He has designed and produced art installations and live media events for Levi’s Vintage Clothing, the Diesel Denim Gallery, and the Kunsthalle Wien (contemporary art museum) Vienna, Austria.

He is also active in the New York night scene and has done visual projections for numerous club nights and party crews including DJ Rekha’s Basement Bhangra, Bollywood Disco, Lipstick Optional, Blackkat, Sholay, Vinylholic, Complacent/The Danger and many others.

As a video artist and designer, he has shown internationally, been interviewed on local television in New York, and has been reviewed in such publications as The New York Times, The London Times, Time Out (New York and London), The Guardian of London, ARTnews, Tema Celeste, Print, Zingmagazine, NY ARTS magazine, Backstage, Lighting Dimensions (Live Design), American Theatre, Theater Week, City Limits (London) and more.


 

RESUME:

 

EVENT DESIGN

A Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets: Red Bull Music Academy Special – Two Channel Live Video Projection, three live camera plus motion graphics and pre-edited content.  Brooklyn Masonic Temple, New York City, 2013

Coty Guess Girl Fragrance Launch – Design and execution of PowerPoint/Keynote presentation.  New York City, 2012

MTV Iggy’s Tinariwen Live Concert Performance Shoot – Live Video Design and Direction for concert visual projections.  Sounds of Brazil, New York City, 2012

Vision Festival 17 (live avant jazz festival) – Live Video Projection along with motion graphics and pre-edited content.  Roulette, New York City, 2012

The Lift NYC – Live Video Projection along with motion graphics and pre-edited content.  3LD Art & Technology Center, New York City, 2012

Tiffany and Company Product Launch Events – Designs Involving Lighting, Video, and Other Visual Design Elements.  5th Avenue Flagship Store, New York City, 2012

The Glitter Ball – Live Video Projection along with motion graphics and pre-edited content.  Irondale Center, New York City, 2011

Champagne Nicholas Feuillatte’s 35th Anniversary Party – Live Video Projection along with motion graphics and pre-edited content.  Private residence, New York City, 2011

Asian American Arts Alliance 29th Anniversary Gala: “Ovation” – Live Video Design and Direction along with PowerPoint/Keynote and motion graphics, Tribeca Rooftop, New York City, 2011

OCA National Convention, Haute Couture New York with designer Zang Toi –  Design of all elements for a benefit fashion show including Stage, Lighting, Audio, and Video Design. New York Surrogate Courthouse, 2011

Heidi Klum SHINE Fragrance Launch – Design of PowerPoint/Keynote and motion graphics for the launch presentation. Mondrian SoHo in New York City, 2011

MoMA VW Gala After Party – VJ / Live Video Projection Design for the After Party. The design included 3 live video camera feeds, along with pre-recorded content, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, 2011

Creative Time Spring Gala – Design of Multiple Live Video Projections along with motion graphics and pre-edited content as well as Lighting and Scenic Design advising, New York City, 2011

ICSCS Launch Party – Live Video Projection Design for the The Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability (ICSCS) Launch Party, New York City, 2010

NYC Children’s Art Fund Launch Event – Live Video Projection along with motion graphics and pre-edited content, New York City, 2010

Asian American Arts Alliance 28th Anniversary Gala: “Defining Moments” – Live Video Design and Direction along with motion graphics and pre-edited content, New York City, 2010

After The Fall – Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art – Lighting Design for an Exhibit of Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, 2010

Tommy Hilfiger 25th Anniversary – Live Video Design including live filter effects and pre-edited content, at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, New York City, 2010

Disorient’s COMPRESSOR VI – Re-envisioning Metropolis – Live Video Design including live filter effects and pre-edited content, at the Times Square Arts Center, New York City, 2010

DJ Rekha’s Basement Bhangra Lucky 13 – Thirteenth anniversary of the biggest South Asian club event in NYC. DJ Rekha. Live video projections including live filter effects and pre-edited content. Presented at the Filmore New York at Irving Plaza, New York City, 2010

Mengjia-108 – A 90 minute two channel video art installation for the Bo-Pi-Liao Historic Center, part of Fusion Folks, Organized by the Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City, Taiwan, 2009

Dikembe Mutombo Foundation Benefit – Pre Obama Inauguration benefit for the not-for-profit building hospitals in the Democratic Republic of Congo. DMF. Live video projections including live filter effects and pre-edited content. Eyebar, Washington DC, 2009

Hot Wax 1 Label Launch and Album Release Party – Kween Kash and General Vee’s album release party and label launch. Hot Wax 1 Records. Sounds of Brazil, New York City, 2008

Tenement Museum Annual Benefit – Museum commissioned themed centerpiece design. Tenement Museum, New York City, 2008

Wyclef Jean’s Carnival II Memoirs of an Immigrant Album Release party – Live video projections including live filter effects and pre-edited content. Wyclef Jean, Sounds of Brazil, New York City, 2007

Basement Bhangra 10 Year Anniversary – Tenth anniversary of the biggest South Asian club event in NYC. DJ Rekha. Live video projections including live filter effects and pre-edited content. Presented at the Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, 2007

Peter White Studio Wedding – Produced by Susan Holland & Company Event Design, at Peter White Studio, with Paul Clay hired by the individual client and working in conjunction with the event design company. Multiple video projections, including changing colorscapes, live video of the crowd, and slide shows of digital photos from the wedding, New York City, 2006

Karsh Kale Broken English Album Release Party – Live video projections including live filter effects and pre-edited content, Six Degrees Records, The Canal Room, New York City, 2006

You Are Here – Diesel Denim Commissioned Art Installation & Set of Performances. Curated by Sebastien Agneessens of Formavision for the Diesel Denim Gallery. Full site specific art installation on the nature of retail architecture, along with a set of performances with live video projections, New York City, 2003

Bounce at the Bronx Museum of the Arts/ Last Night a DJ Saved My Life – Live video projections including live filter effects and pre-edited content for the Museum’s monthly Friday night series, a featured program of Performance LAB which extends the Museum’s exploration of contemporary cultural production into alternative and experimental art forms. presented in conjunction with the exhibition “One Planet Under a Groove: Hip Hip and Contemporary Art,” New York City, 2002

Miho Miho Fashion Show and Afterparty – Live video projections including live filter effects and pre-edited content. Runway show produced by Sebastian Agneessens. Designer Miho Nikaido, Presented at the Point Gallery, New York City, 2002

Fictive Boutique – Levi’s® Vintage Clothing commissioned art installation and set of performances. At the popup site EXPO | SURE, 242 Elizabeth Street, curated and presented through the Downtown Arts Festival, in space created by Pompei AD, commissioned by Levi’s® Vintage Clothing, festival sponsor, New York City, 2001

Fictive Runway – An art fashion show commissioned by the Downtown Arts Festival as the main event for that year’s festival launch party. Presented at the Tunnel night club, New York City, 1997

Miss Spider’s Wedding – Children’s Book Launch Party at FAO Schwarz, Scholastic Press, Calllaway Arts & Entertainment, New York City, 1995

 

THEATRICAL SCENIC, LIGHTING, AND VIDEO/PROJECTIONS DESIGN

In Water I’m Weightless – Multi Media performance. Written by Kaite O’Reilly, directed by John McGrath, Movement Director Nigel Charnock, Associate Choreographer Catherine Bennett. Set, lighting, Costume, & Video Projections Design. National Theatre Wales, at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff, and at the Southbank Centre, London., UK. An Unlimited commission for the Cultural Olympiad and London Olympic Festival, 2012

Two from the Sea – Multi Media Theater. Written and Directed by Beth Skinner. Lighting, and Video Design. Triple Shadow at La MaMa E.T.C., NYC, 2012

Breath on the Mirror – Multi Media Theater. Written and Directed by Beth Skinner. Lighting, and Video Design. Triple Shadow at La MaMa E.T.C., NYC, 2010

Shelf Life – Site Specific Theater. Written and Directed by Catherine Bennett and Paul Davies. Set, lighting, & Video Projections Design. National Theatre Wales, Volcano Theatre, Welsh National Opera, at the Old Swansea Library, Wales, UK, 2010

Not God – Theater work from poetry. Written by Marc Straus. Directed by Nancy Robillard. Set, and Video Design. Luna Stage, Montclair NJ, 2009

Commedia – Contemporary Opera. Music, book, and lyrics by Louis Andriessen. Directed by Hal Hartley. Set Design. De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam, NL, 2008

Alice, End of Daze – Multi Media Theater. Written and Directed by Beth Skinner. Lighting, and Video Design. Triple Shadow at La MaMa E.T.C., NYC, 2008

Sea Change – Visual Theater. Written and Directed by Beth Skinner and Triple Shadow. Set, Lighting, and live Video Design. Triple Shadow, USA entry, Cairo International Festival for Expirimental Theater, Cairo, Egypt, 2005

Perfect – Multi Media Theater. Written by Kaite O’Reilly. Directed by John McGrath. Set, Lighting, and live Video Design. Contact Theatre, Manchester, UK, 2004

So that You Could See Us Coming – Contemporary Dance. Created by David Neumann in collaboration with Laurie Anderson. Choreographed by David Neumann. Set Design. Face the Music and Dance, modern choreographers and contemporary musicians in commissioned world premiere collaboration, Symphony Space New York City, NYC, 2001

To Lie Tenderly – Contemporary Dance. Created and Choreographed by David Dorfman.
Set and live Video Design. David Dorfman Dance at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 2000

Bright Lights, Big City – Musical Theater. Music, book and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman based on the novel by Jay McInerney. Directed by Michael Greif. Set Design. New York Theatre Workshop, NYC, 1999

Subverse – Contemporary Dance. Created and Choreographed by David Dorfman.
Set Design. David Dorfman Dance at the American Dance Festival, Durham NC, 1999

Rent – Pulitzer prize winning Broadway Musical. Music, book and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. Directed by Michael Grief. Set Design. Nederlander Theater, NYC, 1997

Take My Breath Away – Contemporary visual art/theater. Written and Directed by artist Beth B., Set Design. BAM’s Artist in Action Series, at PS122, NYC,1997

Iphigenia and Other Daughters – New Play. Written and Directed by Ellen McLaughlin. Set and Lighting Design. Chautauqua Theater, Chautauqua, NY, 1996

The Model Apartment – Contemporary Play. Written By Donald Margulies. Directed by Lisa Peterson. Lighting Design. Primary Stages Company, NYC, 1995

Wild Ancestors – Visual Theater. Written and Directed by Beth Skinner and Ed Herbst. Lighting Design
Thunder Bay Ensemble at the La MaMa Annex Theater, NYC, 1995

Skin – New Play. Written by Naomi Iizuka, adapted from Georg Buechner’s “Woy-zeck”. Directed by John Edward McGrath. Set and Lighting Design. Soho Rep, NYC, 1995

Still – Contemporary Dance. Created and Choreographed by David Neumann. Set and Lighting Design. PS 122, NYC, 1995

Mother – New Play. Written by Patricia Spears Jones. Directed by John Edward McGrath. Set, Lighting, and live Video Design. Mabou Mines at La MaMa E.T.C., NYC, 1994

Pirate Jennie – Contemporary Dance. Written and Directed by Clove Galilee. Set and Lighting Design
Performance Space 122, NYC, 1994

Wifey – New Play. Written and Directed by Tom Noonan. Lighting Design. Paradise Theater Co., NYC, 1994

Reel to Real – New Play. Written and Directed by Frederick Neumann. Set, Lighting, and Video Design. Mabou Mines at The Kitchen, NYC, 1994

A Dry and Thirsty Land – New Play. Written By Colette Burson. Directed by Jeanne Wagner. Set and Lighting Design. Here, NYC, 1993

Breathing It In – New Play. Written and Directed by Edwardo Machado. Set and Lighting Design. Downtown Art Company, NYC, 1993

Walter’s Finest Hours – New Play. Written and Directed by Susan Marshal. Lighting Design
Downtown Art Company, NYC, 1993

Untitled (Detail) 1992 – Contemporary Dance. Created and Choreographed by Susan Marshal
Set Design. Susan Marshal & Co. dance, The Joyce; The Kitchen, 1992

Bombazeen – New Play. Written and Directed by Nancy Salomon Miranda. Set and Lighting. At Nada, NYC, 1992

A window on the Nether Sea – New performance work. Written and Directed by Lora Nelson and Paul Clay. Set and Lighting (Paul Clay and Lora Nelson). Downtown Art Co., NYC, 1991

The Empire – New Play. Written and Directed by Steve Shill. Lighting. Steve Shill Company, The Institute for Contemporary Art, London, England, 1989

Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said – New Play. Written by Linda Hartinian, adapted from the novel by Philip K. Dick. Directed by William Raymond. Video Design. Mabou Mines, NYU Mainstage, NYC, 1988

Face Down – New Play. Written and Directed by Steve Shill. Lighting. Steve Shill Company, The Institute for Contemporary Art, London, England, 1987

It’s A Man’s World – Multi Media Theater. Written by Greg Mehrten. Directed by David Schweitzer. Live Video Design. Mabou Mines at Apple Corps Theater, NYC, 1987

 

ARCHITECTURAL INTERIOR/EXTERIOR

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art –  Architectural lighting design, and lighting design for annual exhibits. The center has a 12,000 square foot exhibition space showing leading contemporary art in all forms, Peekskill, New York, 2004.

Nederlander Theatre –  Interior design, architectural lighting design, and exterior and signage design for the Nederlander Theatre, including ticket booth, lobby, art gallery, three bars, bathrooms, main hall, staircases, and exterior. The exterior signage design received the Municipal Arts Society Time Square Spectacular Award, (Award committee chair Tibor Kalman.), Nederlander Theater, New York City, 1997

Illig (club clothing store) –  Retail store interior design. Located inside the famed Tunnel nightclub, which was located at 269 11th Avenue in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, New York City, 1997


FILM & TELEVISION

What Happened Was… – Feature Film. Written and Directed by Tom Noonan. Visual Advisor. Grand Jury Prize, Sundance and Silver Hugo Award, Chicago International Film Festival. 1994

Pushing Hands – Feature Film. Written and Directed by Ang Lee. Additional gaffer. 1992

Love Field – Feature Film. Directed by Jonathan Kaplan. Electrician. 1992


AWARDS

Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards
Best Design. PERFECT, Set, Lighting, and live Video and computer Design, Contact Theatre, Manchester, UK, 2004

Municipal Arts Society Times Square Spectacular from Tibor Kalman for marquee, and exterior of the Nederlander theater, 1997

Drama-Logue  Critics Award, For Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Scenic Design, RENT, (Ahmanson Theatre), 1997

National Endowment for the Arts/ TCG Fellows” grant, 1994

Bessie award (with Lora Nelson & Cydney Wilkes) in the “Creator” category for “…superb direction, Design, and choreography” of A Window on the Nether Sea, New York, 1991



PUBLICATIONS

Back Stage “Breath on the Mirror” by Mitch Montgomery, May 10, 2010

The New York Times “Einstein Looks Back, with Help from Puppets” by Claudia La Rocco, May 12, 2010

CultuurPodium “Overweldigende Commedia Verwart” by Annemiek Barnouw, June, 2008

The Bronx Times “BRAC launches experimental exhibition: Metro Poles” by Daniel Beekman, December 18, 2008

ARTnews “Moonlight Sonata” by Barbara Pollack September, 2005

The New York Times “The History of Peekskill as Collage” by Benjamin Genocchio, January 23, 2005

Tema Celeste “Livia and Marc Straus” by Micaela Giovannotti, p.90 Issue 104 August, 2004

The Guardian (London) “Perfect” by Lyn Gardner May 10, 2004

The London Times “Perfect” by Sam Marlowe May 12, 2004

Off Off Online “Light and Magic” by Jessie Marshall, October 28, 2004

City Life “Denise and O-T reign at M.E.N. Awards” by Diana Stenson, December 07, 2004

New Museum Curator’s Picks review of “You Are Here” by Erin Barnett http://newmuseum.org/(archived at http://www.fictive.net/You_Are_Here/YAH-New_Museum/New_Museum_picks.html) 2003

Zingmagazine “A Tasty Treat Curatorial Market; Cuchifritos” p.270-272 Issue 18 Winter/Spring, 2003

NY ARTS Special Section (with Tina LaPorta) p.43-58 Volume 7, Number 3 March, 2002

NY ARTS Fictive Advertising p.51-52 Volume 6, Number 10 October, 2001

Village Voice “California Nightmaring” by Brian Parks, May 16, 1995

Village Voice “Recovering Ritual” by Deborah Jowitt, May, 1995

Lighting Dimensions (Live Design) “Florida Dreaming” by David Barbour, October, 1995

New York Press “‘Haunted by Their Pasts’: The Model Apartment…” by Don Shewey, Nov. 8, 1995

The New York Times “Cleaning Worrying, Rebelling” by D. J. R. Bruckner, October 27th, 1994

City Limits “Face Down” by Steve Rogers, March 12, 1993

Village Voice “Dream Country” by Deborah Jowitt, June 8, 1993

Village Voice “A Window on the Nether Sea” by Roderick Mason Faber, January, 29, 1991

Theater Week “Downtown” by John Bell, February 4, 1991

The New York Times “For the ‘Bessie’ Festivities, Awards and a Little Music” by Jack Anderson, September 23, 1991

American Theatre “A Palmy Night for the Bessies” by Penny Boyer, November, 1991
EDUCATION

B.A., Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1984
Cum Laude Graduate
Lambda Alpha, National Anthropology Honor Society
Dean’s List