Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Theatre
Lee Bo Henry


Lee Henry HeadshotGuest Designer/Technologist

In residence during James and the Giant Peach (2012)

Lee "Bo" Henry has spent forty years building, designing and managing the construction and lighting of sets for the entertainment industry. He identified his passion early and received his theatrical set and lighting design education from Washington State and Michigan State Universities.

He worked twenty years in the San Francisco Bay area on a wide variety of projects and productions. He managed one of the largest scenic shops in the country, FM Productions, overseeing painting and sculpting for a diverse group of clients such as The Rolling Stones, IBM, Coca Cola, The Who, Toyota, David Bowie and Budweiser. During those years his duties included developing set designs as well as handling corporate accounts for clients ranging from Universal Studios to Siegfried and Roy.

He began his own business, designing and building sets for television commercials, and it was during those years that he began working on stop motion animation. During that commercial experience, he designed and built sets for variety of national spots, including more than twenty Pillsbury Doughboy commercials.

It was the stop motion animation experience that he gained, working on these commercials, that lead him to supervise the construction of the sets for Nightmare Before ChristmasJames and the Giant Peach and Coraline.

His work in commercial construction, managing the major themed building projects for more than ten years has been in locations ranging from Florida to Nevada. Again the range of clients was diverse and intriguing; those projects included Disney’s California Adventure and the conversion of Swiss Family Robinson’s Tree House to Tarzan’s Tree House in Disneyland.