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Jim Clayburgh is a founding member of The Wooster Group and was their resident designer from 1976 to 1995.His designs include " The Hairy Ape ", " Finished Story ", " Emperor Jones" and " Brace Up" . Prior to that there were the 3 sections of " The Road to Immortality" which include " Route 1 & 9 (The last act)", "L.S.D. (Just the high points ...)" and " Frank Dell's , The Temptation of St. Antony , " Pt. Judith " and the trilogy " Three Places in Rhode Island". His work with them has included designs for about 80 venues in Europe, Asia and South America. In addition to his work with The Wooster Group, Mr. Clayburgh has designed theater pieces at the Salzburg Festival, Pepsico Festival, The New York Shakespeare Festival, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Creation Company, Mabou Mines and Second Stage including work directed by Richard Foreman, David Rabe, Des McAnuff, Wilford Leach, Matthew Maguire, Hal Hartley, Isabella Soupart, and Jeffrey M. Jones.

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He has designed lighting for dance pieces by Rosas, Compagnie Michele Anne de Mey, Compagnie Pierre Droulers, JOJI INC, Wim Vandekeybus, the musical Ensemble, Ictus and Walpurgis all Belgian companies, and as well for the Ballet de Geneve (Suisse), EN-KNAP (Slovenia).

Mr Clayburgh directed "IM-agined", a short piece created in collaboration with costume designer Anke Loh, video artist Kurt d'Haeseleer and JOJI INC. This performance explored the Lumalive video technology created by Philips and was integrated into the costumes. In 2008, he directed and designed "LOLITA", an imagined opera based on the novel by Nabokov, composed by Joshua Fineberg, and "Walking on Rocks", a JOJI INC  piece which explores the ownership of movement. 

In opera, his work includes "Aventures Nouvelles Adventures"of Ligeti, produced by the Monnaie/Munt on Brussels for which he conceived and co-directed with Pierre Droulers and designed the decor, lighting and costumes. He designed the lighting for "Reppresentatione di Anima et di Corpo" of Cavalieri also at the Monnaie/Munt. 

He has designed lighting and/or decors for visual art installations : "Ma" "Ma-I" and "Inouï" for Compagnie Pierre Droulers, "and Motention" for En Knap (Slovenia/London).

In 2008, he directed and designed "LOLITA", an imagined opera based on the novel by Nabokov, composed by Joshua Fineberg.
In 2018 & 2019 he created the scenography for the opera "LA LEGENDE DU ROI DRAGON" in Lille and Bordeaux, directed by Johanne Saunier, music Arthur Lavandier.


He was part of the renovation design team for 2 concert hall complexes in Brussels: La Maison de la Radio Flagey and for Le Palais des Beaux Arts. (2000-2006). Mr. Clayburgh has a Bachelor of Arts(BA) from Claremont McKenna College with his major studies in design at Pomona College and a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Theater Design from New York University School of the Arts. 


He received an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement in the field of design. He has had photographs of his work appear in several theatrical design anthologies and has had articles on him appear in "Theater Crafts Magazine" and in "Theater Design and Technology".

Jim Clayburgh - scenographer

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