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Johnson, Kendra Lynette

Johnson, Kendra Lynette

Associate Professor of Theatre

Office: 211 Brooks Center

M.F.A., University of Tennessee-Knoxville (1994); B.A., James Madison University

Professor Kendra Johnson is an associate professor of theatre specializing in costume design and costume technology. She also teaches special topics in costume design and African-American Theatre.

Prof. Johnson’s professional credits include Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, MD, Highland Repertory Theatre and NC Stage Company in North Carolina, and Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC. She has served as costume designer for over 50 productions, among them, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Marat/Sade, Equus, Macbeth, Master Harold…and the Boys, and Miss Julie.

Prof. Johnson has a strong interest in historical clothing. Currently she is researching slave dress in South Carolina. At the Costume Society of America regional meeting in 2004 she presented a paper entitled, Shirt-tail Fellows: Class Identification Through Clothing Within the Slave Communities of South Carolina. She received a research grant from Clemson University’s College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities to continue her research on slave costuming. Her research and miniature costume models are now property of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, OH.

Prof. Johnson won several design awards as a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and received her degree in 1994. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University. She is a member of the Costume Society of America and the Southeastern Theatre Conference.