Kay Lee is a Production Designer for feature films, television, music videos and commercials.
Growing up in a small suburb outside Chicago, Kay spent her afternoons after school experimenting with her sewing machine and constantly rearranging the furniture—much to the consternation of her parents. When she finally escaped East to attend Brown University, her passion for designing and reinventing the spaces around her followed. She devoted herself to sculpture and architecture while designing costumes for student theater productions in her spare time. She ultimately graduated with Honors in Visual Arts and Urban Studies and was awarded the Ann Belsky Moranis Prize for artistic excellence.
Kay started her career as a fashion and technical designer for major apparel companies such as Ralph Lauren and The Gap, while also costume designing Off-Broadway theater shows. Her desire to design and build spaces never left, however, so when she was offered the chance to production design her brother’s graduate thesis film, she leapt at the opportunity. This led to work on numerous NYU and Columbia short films and soon she found that she had discovered a new craft—one that incorporated all of her varied interests. She has not looked back since.
She has worked under renowned production designers David L. Snyder (Blade Runner, Pee-wee's Big Adventure) and Rob Pearson (The Matador). Her Production Design credits include Independent Spirit Award nominated Blue Caprice, Spike Lee's crowd-funded film The Blood of Jesus, and most recently, Girlboss, a 13 episode 1/2 hour series for Netflix.
She currently lives in Santa Monica, CA.