Clayton Rye an international award winning producer and director is currently a Professor of Television Production at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

He earned a BA from Michigan State University in Advertising and an MFA in Cinema at the University of Southern California.

He worked in the film industry in Los Angeles briefly before becoming a Public TV producer & director in Idaho for eight years and a video supervisor at a medical center in Phoenix for another three years.

His wide variety of productions including documentary, drama and animation, on film & tape, have won over twenty, state, regional, national and international awards. Clayton is an active producer, recently finishing an award winning documentary titled Jim Crow Museum that he directed, shot and edited. This production has been televised nation wide on public television.