Austin Blake Conlee is a graduating MFA student in Costume Design at the University of Maryland working as a Graduate Assistant under Professor Helen Q. Huang. Austin received his BFA in Technical Theatre & Design from the University of Memphis. Austin currently works in the Washington DC area and does freelance costume design work across the country.
Austin has worked at a variety of theatrical venues in various capacities such as costume designer, associate costume designer, assistant costume designer, wig designer, wig master, freelance fabric shopper/swatcher in the Garment District of Manhattan, and artistic collaborator on new works. These credits include The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Signature Theatre, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Opera Columbus, Cumberland County Playhouse, Arena Stage, Northern Stage, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Ohio Light Opera, Studio Theatre, Imagination Stage, Maryland Opera Studio, Stagedoor Manor, Emory & Henry College, Playhouse on the Square, Opera Memphis, Porthouse Theatre, the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, Hattiloo Theatre, Germantown Theatre Co., New Moon Theatre Co., and the Tennessee Shakespeare Co..
Austin particularly enjoys designing new and innovative works created by or featuring underrepresented groups: BIPOC, LGBTQ, Women, Latinx, people with disabilities, etc. and always appreciates the opportunity to work on projects that push the artistic boundaries of costume design and performance art. Austin also enjoys the challenge of getting to revisit and revamp conventional classics to make them fresh, new, and exciting.