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Purchase Design Tech Alums and Faculty Work Together on “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?”

Date Released: 10/16/2007

Ina Mayhew, a Design Tech alumna and part-time faculty member, was the production designer for the recently released Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? She was joined on the set by fellow Purchase alum Lauren Fitzsimmons, who was the art director for the production.  The film stars Janet Jackson, Jill Scott and Tyler Perry, among others and was the top grossing film for its opening weekend in October.

The movie was filmed last spring in Atlanta.

The two Purchase grads have also worked together on Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls and Madea’s Family Reunion.  Ms. Mayhew was also the production designer for Diary of a Mad Black Woman, among many other films. She is currently working on Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns which is due out in 2008. She teaches production design and art direction in the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film.

Ms. Fitzsimmons was also the art director for No Menus Please, among others. She is currently working on Uncertainty, co-written and co-directed by Scott McGhee and David Siegel due out in 2008.