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LOU PIRES

                                     (she/her; they/them)  is a second-year MFA student in Costume Production at UNC Chapel Hill. She received her undergraduate degree in Event Technology from Jorge Amado University in Bahia, Brazil. She has worked professionally with various designers in Brazil producing both sets and costumes for music and dance productions. She worked as Costume Shop Assistant at Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador, Bahia from 2010 to 2014. In 2014, she founded Amarelo HandMade, where she researches, designs and constructs handmade sneakers. 

She was born in the city of Salvador, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, considered to be the cradle of black culture in Brazil. Her work is influenced by the merging of African, indigenous, and Luso-Brazilian cultures. She is a queer, gender non-conforming costume technician interested in the languages of theater, dance, opera, and popular music.