Theatre Arts

Joni Johns Lerner – Associate Chair

Joni Johns Lerner (Associate Chair, Associate Professor: Costume Design, Costume Technology, Costume History, Evolution of Fashion) has been working in the NY professional costume industry for over twenty-five years. Examples of her work can be seen on the stages of the Broadway, the touring & Japan companies of The Lion King, the Broadway & National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wicked.

Other projects have included New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet & Kansas City Ballet.  Her work can also be seen on the Spiderman costumes at Universal Studios Theme Park in Florida. Joni was co-owner of Fabric Effects in NYC, a fabric dyeing, painting & silk screening company serving the theater, film and fashion industries.  She has collaborated with numerous designers of stage, screen & ballet as well as Bette Midler for special costumes for her stage tours and Maurice Sendak on several opera projects as well as a numbered & signed series of hand painted silk scarves.

Joni obtained her BFA from Denison University and MFA in Theater Design/Technology from Purdue University.


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Joni Johns Lerner, Associate Chair
Department of Theatre Arts


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