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Biography

Franne Lee is a well-known award-winning production and costume designer for theatre, TV, and Film. In the past decade she has also gained a reputation as an artist.

Franne Lee’s professional design career started in the theatre in New York, with Andre Gregory’s “Alice in Wonderland,” for which she received an Obie Award for costumes. Her many Broadway shows include Hal Prince’s productions of “Candide” and “Sweeney Todd,” for both she received Tony Awards for Costume and Set Design.

Her movie credits include John Sayles’ “Baby, It’s You,” Paul Simon’s “One Trick Pony,” David Lynch’s “Industrial Symphony #1,”. “The Local Stigmatic” and “Chinese Coffee,” both produced, directed, and starring Al Pacino.

Franne’s many TV credits include the first five years of Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy award for Production/Costume Design. She’s created the looks for many of the best-loved SNL characters, such as the Bees, the Coneheads, the Blues Brothers, the Nerds, Emily Litella, and Roseanne Roseannadanna. She moved to LA in 1995, where she worked on “The Stephanie Miller Show” for Disney-Buena Vista, “Sherman Oaks” for Showtime, and Roseanne’s talk show for King World.

In 1999, Franne moved to Nashville, where she did production design for TV, Music Videos, Commercials, and local theatre, she created the costumes for “Waiting for Godot” for the People’s Branch Theatre. For the Nashville Shakespeare Festival she designed the costumes for “Hamlet” and “Romeo & Juliet”. She was also an adjunct professor at Belmont Univ. in the Theatre Dept. for 10 years and at Watkins School of Art, Design and Film teaching Film Design for 8 years.

In the fall of 2008 she was a participant in “Curtain Call: Celebrating A Century of 100 Outstanding Woman Designers for Live Performance,” at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, where they displayed her designs for “Sweeney Todd”, “Candide” “A Winter’s Tale,” and “Gilda Radner Live.”

She moved to Madison Wi. in the fall of 2013, and is working with a few theatre companies in the area. She just finished designing costumes for “From Up Here”, a play for the Forward Theater Co. This last summer she did the costumes for “Kiss me Kate” for the U. of W. Waukesha Campus, and at the beginning of 2015 you will get to see her costumes for “The Music Lesson” for the Children’s Theater of Madison, at the Overture Center.

She is very happy to be once again reunited with family here in Madison, Wi.

Artist Statement

I remember when it started ---- me and making pictures with stuff. Now I know I was making collage, but it was always more than collage for me....a painting of a man holding a real wood and paper sign... an old door turned into a carved shelf with a lady smiling upon it... When I was a little girl, I would go to my dad's workshop and pick up discarded stuff from the floor and the tables. "Dad can I have this and that and this, too?" I walked home dragging my bag of treasure from Dad's shop I played with them, I glued them together, painted them and furnished my doll house. I was a junker from an early age. Junking turned into a career designing costumes and sets for theatre, TV and film. I found wonderful shops with amazing things for these productions and I didn't have to pay for them!! I remember going up to a stranger's house and asking if i could buy their old ford pickup and rotted porch rocking chair. Still a junker but on a bigger scale and with a bigger budget. And now I have come full circle with the creation of the Plowhaus in the fall of 2001 with my friends, JD Wilkes, and Lesley Paterson-Marx. Once again, I'm asking for castoff stuff, hauling it home and making things with it. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed finding and making them. I remember when it started ---- me and making pictures with stuff. Now I know I was making collage, but it was always more than collage for me....a painting of a man holding a real wood and paper sign... an old door turned into a carved shelf with a lady smiling upon it...

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Selected Shows & Exhibitions

Feb. 2015 - “The Music Lesson”, Children's Theater of Madison – Costume Design

Nov. 2014 - “From Up Here”, Forward Theatre Co. – Costume Design

May 2014 - “Kiss Me Kate” at U.W. Waukesha Campus – Costume Design

Mar. 2012 - “Omo Children” Long Branch Gallery, in Mineral Point WI – Paintings

Oct. 2011 - “Tartuffe”, Belmont Univ. Nashville TN – Costume Design

Feb. 2011 - “Omo Children” at Alan LeQuire Gallery, in Nashville TN – Paintings

Jun. 2010 - Microphone Rack Bike Rack, Nashville TN – Won a Amer. Public Art Award 2011

Apr. 2010 - “The Nature of Things” at Long Branch Gallery in Mineral Point WI – Paintings

Dec. 2009 - “The Man Behind the Apron” short film, Nashville TN – Prod. & Costume Design

Apr. 2009 - “The Nature of Things”, at Family Wash, Nashville TN – Paintings

Feb. 2009 - “Uncle Vanya”, Belmont Univ., Nashville TN – Costume Design

Nov. 2008 - “Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of 100 Outstanding Woman Designers for Live Performance” at The Lincoln Ctr. Library for the Performing Arts, NYC, NY

Jan. 2008 - “Hamlet”, Nash Shakespeare Festival/Belmont Univ., Nash. TN – Costume Design

Jan. 2007 - Solo Show “Attitudes”, portraits of East Nashville Icons – Paintings

Oct. 2006 - Estel Gallery, Nashville TN, Small Group Show – Paintings

Mar. 2006 - Solo Show 14 pieces, Belcourt Gallery, Nashville TN – Paintings

Nov. 2001 - Plowhaus Artist Coop., managing director till 2007 & showed art in every show

Jan. 2000 - “Chinese Coffee”, an Al Pacino film – Production & Costume Design

Nov. 1990 - “Industrial Symphony No. 1”, Dir. David Lynch – Production & Costume Design

Apr. 1987 - “The Local Stigmatic”, an Al Pacino Film – Production & Costume Design

Aug. 1986 - “14 One-Acts” by Shel Silverstein, East Coast Arts Ctr. – Costume Design

Oct. 1985 - “Gorilla”, Goodman Theatre, Shel Sliverstein, Dir. Wolff – Prod. & Costume Design

Sept. 1984 - “Wild Life”, 4 plays by Shel Sliverstein, Dir. Art Wolff – Costume Design

May 1983 - “Baby It's You” a John Sayles Film – Costume Design

Jan. 1980 - “Sweeney Todd” Broadway Musical, Dir. Hal Prince – Costume Design

Jan. 1978 - “Girl of the Golden West” Chic. Lyric Opera Co. Dir. Hal Prince – Costume Design

Jan. 1977 - “Ashmedai” N.Y.C. Opera Co. Dir. Hal Prince – Costume Design

Aug. 1976 - “The Primary English Class” star Diane Keaton, Dir. I. Horowitz – Costume Design

Aug. 1975-80 - “Saturday Night Live”, first 5 years 1975-80, Production & Costume Design

Jan. 1974 - “Candide” a Broadway Musical, Dir. H. Prince. – Production & Costume Design

Jun. 1972 - Peter Brooks International Center for Theatre Research in Paris – Costume Design

Oct. 1971 - “Alice In Wonderland” Dir. André Gregory – Costume Design

Teaching

2001-2012 Watkins – Production Design in the Film Dept.

2003-2011 Belmont – Costume and Set Design in the Theatre Dept.

Awards

Emmy Award – “Saturday Night Live”

Tony Award – “Candide” and “Sweeney Todd”

Drama Desk Award – “Alice in Wonderland”, “Candide” and “Sweeney Todd”

N.Y. Drama Critics Circle Award – “Sweeney Todd”

Maharham Award – “Sweeney Todd”

Obie Award – “Alice in Wonderland”, “Candide”

Jeff Award – “Gorilla” at Goodman Theatre, Chicago IL

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the OMO factor

A review of Franne's show The OMO Factor.

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art that'll give you wood

A review of Franne's Nature of Things show.

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nashville city paper

A collection of articles about Franne in the City Paper.

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swings and roundabouts

A review of Franne's Playing Card series.

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sitting it out

A review of Franne's Perfect Harmony series.

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Franne Lee

A Bit About Franne

Franne Lee is a well-known award-winning production and costume designer for theatre, TV, and Film. In the past decade she has also gained a reputation as an artist.

Franne Lee’s professional design career started in the theatre in New York, with Andre Gregory’s “Alice in Wonderland,” for which she received an Obie Award for costumes. Her many Broadway shows include Hal Prince’s productions of “Candide” and “Sweeney Todd,” for both she received Tony Awards for Costume and Set Design.
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Where to See Franne's Work...

Forward Theater Co.

“From Up Here” @ The Overture Center

Franne’s Costume Design work for “From Up Here”, a play produced by the Forward Theater Co. will be seen at the Overture Center in Madison, WI. Opening Thurs. Nov. 6, through Sun. Nov. 23, 2014. Come see her work and the work of other talented people in this production.

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Franne @ Longbranch Gallery

Longbranch Gallery in Mineral Point, WI

Come and see new paintings of Franne’s Feathered Friends painted on old barn wood, old cabinet doors, and recycled wood…some were painted before, so recycling the wood was a fun project.

visit the longbranch gallery

the OMO factor

A review of Franne's show The OMO Factor.

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read more

art that'll give you wood

A review of Franne's Nature of Things show.

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read more

nashville city paper

A collection of articles about Franne in the City Paper.

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read more

swings and roundabouts

A review of Franne's Playing Card series.

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read more

sitting it out

A review of Franne's Perfect Harmony series.

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read more

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