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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 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.

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 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

Teaching

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

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

Awards

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

Education

Univ. of Wisconsin Theatre Design 1967

News

Franne Lee's Delightful Imagination

Come & see Frannes Feathered Friends, her Omo Children and beyond, to her delightful imagination. All in One Show! Exhibiting through December.

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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 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...

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
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.

visit the forward theater co.

Franne Lee's Delightful Imagination

Come & see Frannes Feathered Friends, her Omo Children and beyond, to her delightful imagination. All in One Show! Exhibiting through December.

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read more

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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