Sylvia J. Pierce has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Theatre Production and Physical Anthropology from Purdue University and studied Set Design at Brandeis University. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, she has traveled extensively, plying her theatrical crafts in theatre, broadcast television and live events. She shares her skills with the Asheville theatre community as a designer, set fabricator and stagehand. She directs the technical aspects of the Cultural Events series and coordinates logistics for UNC Asheville Academic Affairs' events and conferences.