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 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," and “Local Stigmatic” and "Chinese Coffee," both produced by, directed by, 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 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, and “Romeo and Juliet” & “Hamlet” for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. She was also an adjacent 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 company’s the area, she just finished designing costumes for “Kiss me Kate” for the U.W. Waukesha Campus, and in the fall will be designing costumes for The Forward Theater production of “From Up Here” Opening Nov. 6th..
She is very happy to be once again reunited with family here in Madison, Wi.
Designer & Artist Resume
Selected Shows & Exhibitions
Feb. 2015 - "The Music Lesson" Children's Theatre of Madison, at The Overture Centre.
Nov. 2014 - "From Up Here" Forward Theatre Comp. at The Overture Centre. Madison, Wi.
May 2014 - "Kiss Me Kate" at Univ. of Wisc. Waukesha Campus
Mar. 2012 - "Omo Children" at Long Branch Gallery, in Mineral Point, Wi.
Oct. 2011 - "Tartuffe" Belmont Univ. Nashville, Tn., Costume Design
Feb. 2011 - "Omo Children" at Alan LeQuire Gallery in Green Hills
Jun. 2010 - Microphone Rack Public art Nashville. Won a American Public Art Award 2011
Apr. 2010 - Solo Show at Long Branch Gallery in Mineral Point Wi.
Dec. 2009 - "The Man Behind the Apron" short film, Nashville, Tn
Apr. 2009 - "The Nature of Things" Solo Art Show @ Family Wash
Feb. 2009 - "Uncle Vanya" Belmont Univ. Costume Designer
Nov. 2008 - "Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of 100 Outstanding Woman Designers for Live Performance" at The Public Library for the Performing Arts, NYC
Jan. 2008 - "Hamlet" Nash Shakespeare Festival/Belmont Collage, Costume Design
Jan. 2007 - Solo Show "Attitudes" portraits of East Nashville Icons
Oct. 2006 - Estel Gallery, Nashville, Tn. Small Group Show
Mar. 2006 - Solo Show 14 pieces Belcourt Gallery, Nashville, Tn.
Nov. 2001 - Plowhaus Artist Coop. managing director till 2005 & showed art in every show
Jan. 2000 - "Chinese Coffee" an Al Pacino film - Costume Designer
Nov. 1990 - "Industrial Symphony No. 1" Dir. David Lynch, Production Designer + Costumes
Apr. 1987 - "The Local Stigmatic" an Al Pacino Film, Production Design and Costume Design
Aug. 1986 - "14 One-Acts" by Shel Silverstein, dir. Joe Cacaci, E. Coast Arts Ctr. – Costumes
Oct. 1985 - "Gorilla" Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Shel Sliverstein, Dir. Art Wolff – Costumes
Sept. 1984 - "Wild Life", 4 one act plays by Shel Sliverstein, directed by Art Wolff - Costumes
May 1983 - "Baby It's You" a John Sayles film - Costume Designer
Jan. 1980 - "Sweeney Todd" a Broadway, Hal Prince Dir. - Costume Designer
Aug. 1976 - "The Primary English Class" staring Diane Keaton play by I. Horowitz - Costumes
Aug. 1975-80 - "Saturday Night Live" Production & Costume Designer first 5 years
Jan. 1974 - "Candide" a Broadway, H. Prince Dir. - Prod & Costume Designer
Jun. 1972 - Peter Brooks International Center for Theatre Research in Paris - Costume design
Oct. 1971 - "Alice In Wonderland" Andre' Gregory Dir. Costume Designer
2001-2012 Watkins - Production Design in the Film Dept.
2003-2011 Belmont - Costume and Set Design in the Theatre Dept.
Emmy Award - Sat. Night Live
Tony Award - Candide, Sweeney Todd
Drama Desk Award - Alice in Wonderland, Candide, Sweeney Todd
N.Y. Drama Critics Circle Award - Sweeney Todd
Obie Award - Alice in Wonderland, Candide
Jeff Award – for Costumes "Gorilla" at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL; Writer Shel Silverstein
Univ. of Wisconsin Theatre Design 1967