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Lydia Shiferaw is an actress and costumer who appeared as a command officer in several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. She received no credit for her appearances and was identified by the call sheets of the episodes on which she was sometimes listed as Lydia Shifferaw or Lydia Shiferan. Shiferaw worked as stand-in for Galyn Görg on the third season episode "Warlord". Shiferaw was present during filming of the first season episode "Caretaker" which included actress Genevieve Bujold. This scene was later included into the special feature "The First Captain: Bujold" on the VOY Season 1 DVD.

Lydia Shiferaw, Caretaker

Shiferaw in an early version of "Caretaker" with Genevieve Bujold

Shiferaw was born in Ethiopia and grew up in the United States. She studied at the New York Institute of Technology and has been working as fashion and costume designer since the late 1980s.

One of her first experiences in the entertainment industry was working on Captain EO in 1986, with with Percy Rodriguez, Cindy Sorensen, and June Jordan. Further credits as wardrobe assistant and costumer include Vamp (1986, with Robert Rusler and Julius LeFlore), Freeway (1988, with Kenneth Tobey, Jim Wilkey, Gene LeBell, and Clint Howard), Freddy's Nightmares (1988-1989, with costumer Philip Maldonado), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989, starring Lisa Wilcox), Far Out Man (1990), Iron Will (1994, with David Ogden Stiers, Jefrey Alan Chandler, and Richard Riehle), Above Suspicion (1995, with Kim Cattrall, Ron Canada, Natalija Nogulich, Joanna Miles, Michelle C. Bonilla, and Joy Hooper), and Moesha (1999-2001).

Shiferaw worked as costume designer on Robert Bralver's Rush Week (1989) and on the drama Gir-gir (1996) on which she also worked as makeup artist. As an actress, she worked on the 2007 short film Breathe.

Further credits as costumer include The Parkers (2003-2004) and Six Feet Under (2004, with James Cromwell, Joanna Cassidy, J.G. Hertzler, Matt Malloy, and Scott Burkholder), A Thousand Words (2012, with Matt Winston), the drama Mr. Church (2016), and Rizzoli & Isles (2016, starring Bruce McGill). [1]

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