Lena Sands is a costume designer, collage and puppet artist, and scenographer. Her recent design work includes two US premieres, Paradise by Design directed by Mexican director, Martín Acosta, and Korean play, When Spring Comes to Hills and Dales, directed by Yong Suk Yoo. Lena also designed the costumes for ongoing site-specific performances of The Equus Projects, JoAnna Mendl Shaw's NYC-based dance company that partners dancers with horses. As an assistant Lena worked closely with Elizabeth Clancy on the development and national tour of A Christmas Story: the Musical, and on Shakespeare in the Park's Measure for Measure. Lena's work has been seen at REDCAT, Remy Bumppo, The Women's Interart Center, The Irish Art Center, Trap Door Theater, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Julliard Drama School, and at film festivals nationally.
Lena has worked with and learned from diverse guest artists including Claudio Valdéz Kuri, Brooke O'Harra, Kay Maschullat and Guillermo Gomez- Peña. She also studied Narrative and Immersive Environments with Joe Rohde, the creator of Animal Kingdom, as part of her explorations on activating publics in performative contexts. She is inspired by performance's capacity to question, incite and excite as global matters increasingly influence our lives.
Lena holds her MFA in Design for Performance from California Institute of the Arts.