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Art & Seek Launches A New Weekly Series

Welcome to the Art&Seek Artist Spotlight. Every Thursday we’ll explore the personal journey of a different North Texas creative.  As it grows, should ultimately paint a collective portrait of our artistic community. Enjoy, and let us know what you think.

Clare Floyd DeVrieshas never taken a single class in theater. Ever. Not even ‘Intro to Acting.’ Yet she’s North Texas’ most prolific set designer. 

In 16 years, DeVries has designed more than 200 shows – for stage companies from Fort Worth’s Casa Mañana and the Undermain in Deep Ellum to WaterTower Theatre in Addison. She seems to be everywhere, and sometimes, repeatedly: In one season alone, DeVries designed fourteen sets. Right now, she’s designing back-to-back productions for Circle Theatre.

Seen any local theater lately? Odds are, you saw the art of Clare Floyd DeVries. Since 2000, she's designed more than 200 sets for area theater companies.

  It helps that DeVries considers all this great fun because designing theater sets, even 14 in a year, simply doesn’t pay the bills. Very few professional set designers make a full-time living at it, even on Broadway. Most of them teach on the side or run some other, independent firm.

DeVries is an architect — and officially remains one. She’s designed residences, civic buildings, restaurants and “a lot of bars,” she says proudly, “I can design you a bar.”

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Jerome Weeks is the Art&Seek producer-reporter for KERA. A professional critic for more than two decades, he was the book columnist for The Dallas Morning News for ten years and the paper’s theater critic for ten years before that. His writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, American Theatre and Men’s Vogue magazines.