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Jill Van Brussel received her Bachelor of Science from the University of California-Santa Barbara and went on to earn her Master of Arts in theatre from Bowling Green State University and her Master of Fine Arts in costume design from Purdue University. She teaches Play Production, Technical Performance, Theatre Appreciation, Make-Up and Costuming.

Van Brussel designed last year's productions of "Hay Fever" and "Legally Blonde". A longtime resident of the Midwest, she has designed costumes and props in Chicago-area theatres, including Light Opera Works, Northwestern University, Blindfaith Theatre and Theo Ubique (where she received a Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination for "Taming of the Shrew").

Regionally, she has worked with Tacoma Opera, Rogue Opera in Ashland, Oregon, Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, Iowa, and upstate New York's Chautauqua Opera, where she served the last two summers as Assistant Costume Supervisor.