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 Iceman Cometh (set) and Silent Sky (costume) for Tampa Rep, set and costume design work includes "the American Soldier" at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and 59 East 59 theater in NYC, " Flight" and "umbrella" with Alchemy Theatre company in NYC, "Sweet Storm" with LAByrinth Theater and Alchemy Theater in NYC.  Lea has also worked for the past 14 years as a production designer and art director for film and television with 2 features and 17 short film to her credit.  

Lea served as the Managing Art Director at HSN for 8 years and 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 also one of the Founding members of Et Cultura and will  be building this premiere Music, Film, Art and Makers event that launches this November in St. Petersburg.

This Fall, Lea is excited to return to USF, where she received her undergraduate degree in theater and bring her experience and knowledge to the students while having a chance to work with the talented faculty of the Theatre and Dance Department at USF. 

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