Lirit Pendell attended Earlham College in Pennsylvania where she graduated with college and departmental honors. Pendell was the Theatre Club president and a teaching assistant in the costume shop. She designed for the Richmond Shakespeare Festival, Studio10 Richmond Civic and the Wilkinson Theatre. She has a wide range of skills including custom jewelry (enameling, plate metal and wire, and stone setting). She is pursuing a M.F.A. in Design Technology with a focus in costume design.