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Myrna Colley Lee

Myrna Colley-Lee 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. at the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Colley-Lee’s most recent work includes Radio Golf at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, the world premiere of The Ballad of Emmett Till at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Gee’s Bend for The Cleveland Playhouse, Becoming Adele for Gotham Stage Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Relativity at The St. Louis Black Rep.  In addition to stage design, Myrna has designed interiors for several homes, a yacht, and a commercial interior in Santa Monica, CA.

Outside of design work, Colley-Lee recently completed service on the Governor’s Commission to Establish a National Civil Rights Museum in Mississippi, and is currently a Commissioner for the Mississippi Arts Commission.  Myrna serves on the boards of The Charleston Arts Revitalization Effort, The Mississippi State University Department of Art, and The Mississippi Festival Foundation.  She is also on the Acquisitions Committee of The Mississippi Museum of Art, and the Advisory Board of the Ogden Museum of Art.  In 2006, Myrna founded the SonEdna Foundation, Inc., an organization that supports and promotes the literary arts in the Mississippi Delta region.

Colley-Lee is the recipient of numerous awards, including Doctor of Creative Arts, honoris causa, from Mississippi State University; Honored Artist from the National Museum of Women in the Arts; The Agatha Award from the Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan; Outstanding Costume Design from the National Black Theatre Festival; the Exemplary Arts Service Award from the Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education; the Wynona Lee Fletcher Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Designer from the Black Theatre Network; and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Lifetime Achievement Award.

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