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Franne Lee, a born artist, started her studies in Studio Art and finish as a Costume/Set Design in Theatre at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wi.
She began her professional career in New York theatre with Andre Gregory's 'Alice in Wonderland' for which she received an Obie Award for Costumes. Her many Broadway credits also include Hal Prince's productions of 'Candide' and 'Sweeney Todd' for which Franne received Tony Awards for Costume Design for both productions.
Her film credits include John Sayles' 'Baby It's You', Paul Simon's 'One Trick Pony', David Lynchs’'Industrial Symphony #1' and Al Pacino's 'Chinese Coffee'.
Franne's TV credits include the first five years of Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy Award for Sets and Costumes. More TV work followed when franne moved to LA in 1995 where she designed 'Sherman Oakes' for Showtime and 'Roseanne' for King World.
In 1999 Franne moved to Nashville and designed 'On Music Row' a TV movie of the Week. This lead to designing local music videos, commercials and theatre. This one stands out, designing the costumes for “Waiting for Godot”, at Belcourt Theater for Peoples Branch Theatre, Hamlet, for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.
On Nov. 10th 2001, Franne opened the Plowhaus, a new Artists' Cooperative in East Nashville, bringing her full circle back to her artist roots Plowhaus has been opened now for 8 years and has grown from a small store front to a full scale gallery space. Franne is the Director of the coop., and she has been in almost every group show at the gallery. Her art work has also been seen at Art and Invention Gallery, Untitled Shows for over 5 years, She has been represented at Estel Gallery, presently Tenn. Art Museum Gift Store in a Show at the Lincoln Ctr.
Library for the Performing Arts, NYC. along with 99 other woman designers over the Last 100 years.
She also teaches Costume/Set Design at Belmont Univ. Theatre Dept. Production Design at Watkins Art and Design College, in the Film Dept. where she can keep in touch with her designing roots.. She hopes to keep working and making art for all her days.