Austin Blake Conlee is a freelance costume designer living in the Washington D.C. area. This May, Austin is graduating with his MFA in Costume Design from the University of Maryland where he spent the last three years working as a Graduate Assistant under Professor Helen Q. Huang. He received his BFA in Technical Theatre & Design from the University of Memphis.
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, Northern Stage, Opera Columbus, Cumberland County Playhouse, Arena Stage, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Ohio Light Opera, Studio Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Imagination Stage, Maryland Opera Studio, 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..
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.