Jerrilyn Lanier Duckworth is the founder and creator of Bridging the Gap: A Look into African American Hair & Makeup for Theatre. She is a freelance costume, hair, and makeup designer. In the Fall of 2020, Duckworth was appointed Vice-Chair of Hair and Makeup for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology ( USITT).
She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design and Production from The University of Alabama. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in general theatre from The University of Southern Mississippi. Duckworth’s designs have been on the stages at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Theatre in Cincinnati, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, Indiana University, Illinois State University, and Millbrook Playhouse.