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 mainly as an associate/assistant designer, 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. These credits include Utah Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Signature Theatre, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Opera Columbus, Cumberland County Playhouse, Northern Stage, 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 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. That being said, Austin always appreciates the opportunity to work on unconventional or abstract designs that push the boundaries of costume design. He also enjoys the challenge of getting to revisit and revamp conventional classic works to make them fresh, new, and exciting.