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Lydia Shiferaw is an actress and costumer who appeared as a command division 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. Shiferaw worked as stand-in for Galyn Görg on the third season episode "Warlord".
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 the short science fiction musical Captain EO in 1986, with with Percy Rodriguez, Cindy Sorensen, and June Jordan. Further credits as wardrobe assistant and costumer include the horror comedy Vamp (1986, with Robert Rusler and Julius LeFlore), the thriller Freeway (1988, with Kenneth Tobey, Jim Wilkey, Gene LeBell, and Clint Howard), the television series Freddy's Nightmares (1988-1989, with costumer Philip Maldonado), the horror sequel A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989, starring Lisa Wilcox), the comedy Far Out Man (1990), the adventure Iron Will (1994, with David Ogden Stiers, Jeffrey Alan Chandler, and Richard Riehle), the thriller Above Suspicion (1995, with Kim Cattrall, Ron Canada, Natalija Nogulich, Joanna Miles, Michelle Bonilla, and Joy Hooper), and the comedy series Moesha (1999-2001).
Shiferaw worked as costume designer on Bob Bralver's horror film 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 television series The Parkers (2003-2004) and Six Feet Under (2004, with James Cromwell, Joanna Cassidy, J.G. Hertzler, Matt Malloy, and Scott Burkholder), the comedy A Thousand Words (2012, with Matt Winston), the drama Mr. Church (2016), and the television series Rizzoli & Isles (2016, starring Bruce McGill).