Lee Nel

New York

Lee is passionate about designing spaces that support artistic creativity. Her love of theatre started at a young age, when she’d volunteer for set crew or as a stagehand or stage manager in her spare time. She’s been designing public and performance spaces since 2007—conducting feasibility studies as well as developing auditorium designs, building planning and programming, and creating detailed construction documentation.

Lee joins us from Charcoalblue, where she was the project manager and theatre designer for the Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston and a designer on the Perelman Center at World Trade Center and La Mama Theater projects, both in New York, as well as on Massey Hall in Toronto. She previously worked at Zubatkin, where she was the owner’s representative for projects such as Hudson Theatre, a historic Broadway playhouse known as the “newest old theatre in New York,” and the Clark Art Institute Auditorium renovation in Williamstown, MA. She also worked as a project architect at H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, where her work included the renovation of the Dimenna Center for Classical Music, the New Victory Theater public spaces, and the new home for Signature Theatre—all in New York—and the Schuster Concert Hall and Creative Arts Center at Wright State University in Dayton, OH.

Lee holds a Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in theatre arts from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She’s an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, an accredited member of the US Green Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and a Revit whiz! Her favorite activity is going on safari—she’s a great animal tracker and spotter and is usually the one with the map, binoculars, and steady eye to spot leopards in tall grass. Her goal is to visit all seven continents, including Antarctica via a cruise from Argentina. 

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Lee Nel