Shay recently designed the costumes for the upcoming drama Secret in Their Eyes, directed by Billy Ray, as well as the recent comedy Get Hard, starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.
Previous credits include The Bourne Legacy, directed by Tony Gilroy, the Jeremy Renner-starring sequel to The Bourne Ultimatum, directed by Paul Greengrass, for which she also designed costumes.
Shay has worked with many distinguished filmmakers, such as James L. Brooks, John Sayles, Gary Sinise, Taylor Hackford, Rob Reiner, Steve Zaillian, Brad Siberling, Amy Heckerling, David Mamet and Ken Kwapis. Cunliffe tapped into her musical theater roots when she teamed with Rob Marshall on the television movie version of Anniem, for which she won a Costume Designers Guild Award and received an Emmy nomination.
Her first job as costume designer was on Mrs. Soffel starring Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson. Cunliffe later worked with Gibson on his directorial debut, The Man Without a Face.
Cunliffe trained at the University of Bristol in England, and began her design career in the New York theater.