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Jerrilyn Lanier has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from The University of Southern Mississippi. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design and Production from The University of Alabama. Roll Tide!
Jerrilyn has costume designed at the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, Millbrook Playhouse, and done independent film work on the Gulf Coast. She also does freelance wig work and has worked in the wig department at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. In the Fall of 2021, she will have a costume design residency at Indiana University for two productions.
Jerrilyn will also continue her Bridging the Gap work. She travels to different universities to give seminars about hair & makeup issues that plague BIPOC students and performers in the theatre industry. Bridging the Gap dives into the history of hair & makeup, wig prep on natural hair textures, correct language, products and practical applications that would set any performer or creative artist up for success. The goal is to always have an inclusive environment for all performers. Through her work she has given over 200 workshops that have been attended by over 1,500 people. Fall of 2021 she is slated to begin traveling again for in person workshops.
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