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Clyde Sheets

Clyde Sheets
Director of Interdisciplinary Arts
Central Michigan University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Stage Directing & Sculpture
San Francisco State University
Master of Fine Arts, Design & Production

About Clyde

A Michigan native, Clyde Sheets has worked in performance as a musician, director, producer, designer, and production manager. Sheets' pedagogical experience includes teaching set and lighting design at Interlochen Arts Academy; lighting at Grand Valley State University and Mills College; and production and stage management at San Francisco State University. Sheets' lighting designs have been seen in works of theatre, ballet, contemporary dance, and opera. As a lighting designer, Sheets has been nominated for or awarded several company and individual awards in the San Francisco Bay Area. His lighting designs for The Missing Generation and Boys in Trouble for Sean Dorsey Dance, both Isadora Duncan Dance Award-winning productions, toured the U.S. His lighting for Lizz Roman's Blue Floor Reflections was chosen for exhibit by the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) for the Prague Quadrennial in 2011, where Sheets was a participating conceptual designer for the USITT installation. Sheets was a founding member of The Mad Dog Theater, an award-winning San Francisco band that wrote and performed original rock musicals. His career in music also includes the small label project Gimbo and several other groups as a singer, percussionist and turntablist. For Lizz Roman and Dancers, Sheets collaborated with cellist Alex Kelly to create live sound scores using found sounds, historic recordings and effects for the company performances, earning an Isadora Duncan Dance Award nomination for the show Cellground. In contemporary music and concert design, Sheets has worked with composers and ensembles from around the world as the production manager/lighting director of the Other Minds Festival. Past composers featured at Other Minds include Lou Harrison, Pauline Oliveros, Conlon Nancarrow, Philip Glass and Pulitzer Prize-winners Henry Brant and John Luther Adams. Musicians and ensembles include Dennis Russell Davies, Sarah Cahill, So Percussion, Kronos Quartet, Evan Ziporyn, and many others.

My goal for each student is to establish and foster a dedication to craft, collaboration, and process, through instruction, mentoring, and example. Our job is to create an environment where students are held to their goals while feeling supported in pushing their skills and making discoveries. I want to send artists into the world with technical craft, emotional perception, and the collaborative abilities required to create beautiful work, present themselves with confidence, and cultivate lasting artistic relationships.

Isadora Duncan Dance Award Company Performance nominations

Sean Dorsey Dance Company Boys in Trouble (2016)

Sean Dorsey Dance Company The Missing Generation (2015)

Lizz Roman & Dancers Cellground (2007)

Savage Jazz Dance Company (2003)

· Bay Area Circle Critics Awards; Dramatic Production
Shotgun Players, Woyzeck, Directed by Mark Jackson (2012)
Aurora Theater, Metamorphosis, Directed by Mark Jackson (2011)

· Prague Quadrennial Emerge Exhibit (2011)
Lighting Design for Blue Floor Reflections chosen for exhibit by USITT. Participating designer for USITT in Prague, CZ

· Isadora Duncan Dance Award, Lighting & Scenic Design (2006)
Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Hotel of Memories, Counter Pulse, San Francisco, Deborah Slater, Director

B.F.A., Stage Directing and Sculpture - Central Michigan University

M.F.A., Design and Production - San Francisco State University.

Meet Clyde Sheets

Learn more about our Director of Interdisciplinary Arts and the Interdisciplinary Arts Division at Interlochen Center for the Arts.