photo of Eileen Sheppard, NECCA board member


Eileen Marie Sheppard is a cosmetologist currently working at Salon Jacque in Brattleboro, Vermont. In addition to attending to her salon clientele, she is a hair and makeup artist for performance; she has worked with the casts of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2011), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (2012), and Little Women (2015) at the Redfern Arts Center in Keene, New Hampshire. Eileen is a visual artist and a member of the Brattleboro Printmakers Cooperative. She received her BFA in studio art with a concentration in painting and printmaking from Emmanuel College in 1992, and her MAT in visual art and design education from Rhode Island School of Design in 1996. Prior to moving to Vermont in 2006, Eileen was a high school visual arts educator for five years, and also worked in the music industry. Along with her passion for the visual arts, she is a lover of martial and circus arts. She has been a practitioner of Wah Lum Kung Fu since 1998, having studied at the Wah Lum Athletic Association in Boston. At NECCA, Eileen trains in aerial fabric and handstands. She performs as an aerialist at local NECCA events, and has taught face painting workshops for NECCA’s Youth Troupe. Eileen lives in downtown Brattleboro with her three cats; Lemon, Joey, and DeeDee.

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