Jay is a graduate of Brooklyn College (BA) and The University of Massachusetts/Amherst (MFA). Jay came to Towson from East Carolina University as an assistant professor and previous to that was the production coordinator for the Brooklyn College Department of Theatre.
His primary focus (pardon the pun) is Lighting Design with a second emphasis on Sound Design. His work has been seen or heard in professional theatres worldwide.
He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and is the resident lighting designer for the Everyman Theatre in Baltimore. Other local theatres where his work has been seen include the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, which has been quoted by the New York Times as being the "most daring theatre company in Washington, D.C.," RepStage, Theatre J, Baltimore Theatre Project and The Roundhouse Theatre.
In 2000, Jay was the recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for best lighting design in the Washington region, and he has had numerous "best of" awards for outstanding work from Baltimore newspapers and organizations.
Jay served as the department chair from 2005 until 2011.
Most importantly, Jay is the father of Asher and Seth.