Austin Blake Conlee is a freelance costume designer. He is currently the Visiting Costume Design Professor at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. 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 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, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Ohio Light Opera, Studio Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Imagination Stage, Constellation Stage, Urban Arias, 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..
As a Queer artist, Austin particularly enjoys designing new and 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 the artistic boundaries of costume design and performance art. Skilled in the art of digital rendering, Austin uses innovative programs like Procreate and Photoshop alongside traditional media to create fresh & unique costume designs. In his spare time, Austin enjoys traveling, watching classic films & TV, cycling, hiking, and landscape painting.
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