Title: Senior Scenic and Theater Designer
Location: Ashland, Oregon, United States
Richard Hay, Senior Scenic and Theater Designer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in theatrical design.
Since high school Mr. Hay had an interest in theatre/drama. It was during this time that he designed his first real set and became enamored with the process. In college, his studies turned to engineering but his original love and passion for set design remained with him throughout the entire time. After earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts at Stanford University in 1952 and 1955, respectively, he set out on fulfilling his desire to once again work on the stage and in the theatre. One of the achievements he is proudest of in his career has been designing the four theatres for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Not long after graduating with his undergraduate degree, Mr. Hay began his work with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which has remained a staple throughout his career. He started at the festival as a technical director and designer. Throughout the years, he has worked as a principal scenic designer and eventually was promoted to the roles of senior scenic and theater designer. In addition to working at this venture, he has also served as the associate artistic director for design of the Denver Center Theater Co. and taught as an associate professor and drama instructor at Stanford University. Mr. Hay has also contributed to the magic of the stage with freelance work for the Guthrie Theater, the American Conservatory Theater, the Missouri Repertory Theater, the Eisenhower Theatre, the New Old Globe Theatre and Festival Stage and various other stages across the country.
In recognition of his contributions, Mr. Hay has received the Critics Award from the Hollywood Drama League on numerous occasions. He earned the Governor’s Award for the Arts in 1989. In addition, he was the recipient of a Fulbright grant in 1955. In his career, he has maintained professional affiliation as a fellow with the US Institute of Theatre Technology. He also received the Distinguished Achievement Award in scenic design from the institution in 1998. Furthermore, he is a member of the United Scenic Artists and the League of Historical American Theaters. One of the many notable achievements in his career in having designed every play in the Shakespeare cannon twice.
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