Cheralyn Lambeth Media

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Cheralyn likes to refer to herself as a "movie fan who went pro," crediting her work in the film/TV/entertainment industry to her early love of Star Wars. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, she went on to study drama and Radio/Television/Motion Pictures (Mass Communications) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Shortly after graduation, Cheralyn relocated to New York to study at The Juilliard School, working on both academic and professional productions such as performing Off-Broadway with John Leguizamo on his one-man show Mambo Mouth. She then moved to Minneapolis to create Muppet costumes for Sesame Street Live!, a large purple bunny for the film The Net, and costumes for the SuperBowl XXVI Halftime Show, and returned to New York a year later to work with Jim Henson Productions on the TV series Dinosaurs! and the film The Muppet Christmas Carol. 
 
After her time at Henson, Cheralyn worked with Paramount Production Services, creating costumes and props for Paramount properties such as the Star Trek Earth Tour, Titanic: The Movie on Tour, and Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. Some of her other credits include work (both behind and in front of the camera) on The Patriot, The New World, Evan Almighty, Leatherheads, The Hunger Games, Max, Homeland, and Outcast, as well as costuming work on the National Park Service film Manassas: End of Innocence.  Her most recent work includes a co-starring role as Elsa Einstein on The Vampire Diaries spinoff show Legacies, as well as ongoing work on Charlotte-area sports mascots such as Hugo for the Charlotte Hornets (NBA) and Sir Purr of the Carolina Panthers (NFL).

On the hobby side of things, Cheralyn is proud to be an active and long-time member of the international Star Wars costuming club the 501st Legion, serving at various times on the Legion's History/Archives and Public Relations teams.  In addition, she performs as a pirate re-enactor with The ShadowPlayers Stage Combat Group, demonstrating choreographed stage combat and speaking about the history of weapons at festivals, school activities, and other community events all along the Eastern Seaboard.

For several years, Cheralyn has been expanding her writing career, combining her interest in paranormal research with her theatrical background to produce her first book, Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas, (Schiffer Publishing) in 2009. Her second book, The Well Dressed Puppet (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2015) focuses on her creative work, as does her next two books  Creating the Character Costume: Tools, Tips, and Talks with Top Costumers and Cosplayers and Introduction to Puppetry Arts (both by Routledge/Taylor & Francis).  She expanded into fiction with her first parody, 'Twas Halloween Evening:  A Tale of the Zombie Apocalypse   (Prospective Press, 2019), and is currently finalizing her latest book Art In The Time of Corona (Prospective Press), scheduled for publication in 2022.