School of Theatre & Dance

Lea Umberger

Lea Umberger has been working in Design for Stage and Film for more than 20 years. After graduating NYU Tisch School of the Art with an MFA in set and costume design she set out to build a design career that covers Theater, Film, Television in Production Design, Set Design and Costume Design.  Recent theater work includes She Kills Monsters  (set), Little Shop Of Horrors (Set) , Sweet Charity (Set) and Antigone (Set) for Theatre USF;  Gnit (Set) , The Other Place (Set and Costumes) Grounded (set), The Iceman Cometh (set) and Silent Sky (costume) for Tampa Rep. Additional set and costume design work includes: The Azure Sky of Oz  at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida; An American Soldier's Journey Home: The Story of Irving Greenwald  at The Library of Congress, Washington DC;  The American Soldier at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and 59 East 59 theater in NYC; Flight and Umbrella with the Alchemy Theatre company in NYC, and Sweet Storm with LAByrinth Theater and the Alchemy Theater in NYC. 
Lea has also worked for the past 14 years as a production designer/art director for film with two features, 17 short films and eight years as the Managing Art Director at HSN,  where she created and managed set designs for many network events, partnerships and brands including Disney, Universal, Dreamworks, Ford, Toyota, Lancome, Benefit, Sofia Vergara, Michael Bolton, Rod Stewart, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, Queen Latifah, Nate Berkus, Vern Yip and Colin Cowie to name a few.
Lea is one of the Founding members of Et Cultura, in its third year as a festival of Creative Culture that includes Interactive Session, Music, Film and Art.
Lea is in her 3rd year as a Visiting Professor at University of South Florida and enjoys bringing her experience and knowledge to the students while having a chance to work with the talented faculty of the USF School of Theatre and Dance.

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