"Lena Sands is an award-winning costume designer for live performance, installation and film. Using a variety of materials and methods to create bold and distinctive visuals, Lena collaborates with ensembles and communities to investigate bodies, histories, and the divine. Lena previously designed the ovation-winning costumes for Four Lark’s Frankenstein (Wallis). Her work at the Getty Villa includes SITI Company’s Bacchae, and Critical Mass Performance Group’s After Iphegenia.
Other favorite designs include Everything Rises (CAP UCLA); CMPG’s AMERYKA (Ovation nomination), Untitled Communion, Substrata (REDCAT); How to Catch A Karen (Naked Empire Buffon); Cuckoo’s Nest ( Stage Raw nomination); The Bumps (Skirball, BBC documentary).
Lena was a 2021 CTG Sherwood Award finalist. Her designs for Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks were displayed as part of the exhibition “Innovative Costume of the 21st Century: The Next Generation.”
Lena holds an MFA in Design for Performance from California Institute of the Arts. "