Austin Blake Conlee is a freelance costume designer based in New Jersey / New York City, who designs productions all over the country. He is also the Professor of Costume Design at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
As a Queer artist, Austin enjoys designing innovative works created by or featuring underrepresented groups as well as revamping conventional classics to make them fresh, new, and exciting. He always appreciates the opportunity to work on projects that push artistic boundaries. Skilled in the art of digital rendering, Austin uses innovative programs like Procreate and Photoshop alongside traditional media to create fresh & unique costume designs.
Austin graduated with his MFA in Costume Design from the University of Maryland mentored by Costume Designer Helen Q. Huang. He received his BFA in Technical Theatre & Design from the University of Memphis. Austin recently received a Broadway World Award for his Costume Design of "Cinderella". He also won the Costume Industry Coalition's Design Challenge for his work on "Hamlet: Replayed". Select costume renderings of his will soon be featured in the upcoming textbook "Digital Painting and Rendering for Theatrical Design" by Jen Gillette, to be published in 2024.
Austin has worked at a variety of theatrical venues in various capacities such as costume designer, associate/assistant costume designer, wig designer, wig master, fabric shopper, and artistic collaborator on new works. These credits include The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Northern Stage, Opera Columbus, Cumberland County Playhouse, Arena Stage, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Ohio Light Opera, Studio Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Imagination Stage, Constellation Stage, Urban Arias, Maryland Opera Studio, Willamette University, Stagedoor Manor, Emory & Henry College, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Playhouse on the Square, Opera Memphis, Porthouse Theatre, Memphis School of Music, Hattiloo Theatre, Germantown Theatre Company, New Moon Theatre Company, and the Tennessee Shakespeare Company..
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