|A Conversation with Myrna Colley-Lee
Friday, January 13, 2006
McComas Hall Theatre
Myrna Colley-Lee has been involved in costume design for over four decades. She received her M.F.A. in Scenic and Costume Design from Temple University, studied scene painting and properties at Brooklyn College and completed the B.F.A. in Art Education from the Women's College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Ms. Colley-Lee's most recent work includes productions such as The Piano Lesson at The Cleveland Playhouse, Wedding Band , for the Steppenwolf Theatre; The Amen Corner at Cleveland Playhouse; The Old Settler for Studio Arena Theatre and Portland Center Stage; Wanderlust with Bill Toles; Ophelia's Cotillion at Rites and Reason Theatre, Brown University; Seven Guitars at Arizona Theatre Company; Crumbs from the Table of Joy, The Amen Corner , and The Screened-In Porch for Crossroads Theatre Company; Between the Lines for Actor's Theatre of Louisville; and Night of the Iguana for Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Other credits include the A.C.E. award-winning video production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Days Journey into Night, with Ruby Dee and Earle Hyman Jr; the world premier of The American Music Festival production of the opera “X” by the Davis's, performed at the Walnut Street Theatre; and costumes for Mothers, which was commissioned by Bill Cosby and performed at Crossroads Theatre.
Upcoming projects for this year include the world premiere of Till, a new work by Ifa Bayeza in conjunction with Rites and Reasons Theatre of Brown University, and costuming the play Relativity with the St. Louis Black Repertory Company. Following that, Colley-Lee will be making her debut as Production Designer for a feature film – The Reprieve.
In addition to being a costume designer for the theatre, Ms. Colley-Lee has been Costume Designer, Art Director, and Set Designer for film and television productions. She has held faculty or staff positions in design at Smith College, The Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival, and also at the Design and Management Institute of the National Arts Consortium in New York.
Outside the theatre, Myrna serves as a Commissioner for the Mississippi Arts Commission, and is on the boards of Charleston Arts Revitalization Effort, a local civic organization, the Rock River Foundation, a philanthropic organization for the arts, and The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of The University of Mississippi.
Myrna recently designed her first commercial interior for Revelations Entertainment, a movie production company in Los Angeles, and has designed two homes, one of which is currently under construction in the British Virgin Islands. Myrna Colley-Lee and her husband reside on their farm in Charleston, Mississippi.