Hannah Beachler grew up in Centerville, Ohio. She majored in fashion design as an undergraduate in the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program. In 2000 she went back to school at Wright State University and earned a B.F.A. in Film Production from WSU’s Motion Pictures Program in 2005. She began working on films as a set dresser in small movies and worked her way up to Production Designer.
Her first major feature film, Fruitvale Station, won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. In 2017 she was nominated for an Emmy and won the Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade. Her most recent success came as the first-ever African-American woman to production design a Marvel Studio film. That film, Black Panther, is the 3rd highest domestic grossing film of all time and the 8th highest grossing worldwide film of all time. She returns home to spend time at WSU talking to students about her career and mentoring many young filmmakers.