Jathan (Jay) Innerarity
Theatre: Chair, assistant professor, scenic designer, lighting designer and technical director
Jathan Innerarity, raised in a small town in eastern Texas, is a scenic designer, artist, and educator. He is best known as "Jay" to his colleagues and students.
Professor Innerarity served in the United States Army from 1998 to 2004, traveling to more than 43 countries and including extended combat tours in South Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq. As a noncommissioned officer, Innerarity served as a Crew Chief and instructed other aviators as an N.R.C. Flight Instructor for the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.
In addition to studying theatre, Professor Innerarity also has an extensive education in fine art. He has applied the idea of collaboration to his sculpture, bonding with fellow artists to produce extensive sculpture works that express deeper emotional value through the collaborative process. "I view each stage design as a sculpture, living and breathing. It must be seen by a thousand eyes," he says.
Professor Innerarity has worked for the Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis, TN, designing and lighting such shows as A Streetcar Named Desire, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, and The Piano Lesson. Other designs include Batboy: The Musical, The Gas Heart, and The Heidi Chronicles. Innerarity served as the Charge Scenic Artist and Charge Sculptor for the University of Memphis's centennial production of The Phantom of the Opera. He has also worked at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts Theaterfest in California.
Jay is an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).
For more information on Jathan Innerarity see his curriculum vitae.