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Kendra Lynette Johnson

Kendra Lynette Johnson

Associate Professor of Theatre

Department of Performing Arts
Office: 211 Brooks Center

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


Kendra Johnson is an associate professor of Theatre in the Department of Performing Arts specializing in costume design and costume technology at Clemson University. She also teaches courses in African American Theatre and special topics in costume design. Professor Johnson’s professional credits include Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, MD, and Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, GA. She was an Artistic Associate and resident costume designer at Warehouse Theatre, a professional theatre in Greenville, SC, for several years and designed for Centre Stage, also in Greenville, SC. Professor Johnson designed over 90 productions, among them, "The Cake," "The Power of Sail," "Intimate Apparel," "Fences," "Macbeth," and "Dutchman." Professor Johnson’s research includes historical clothing, particularly clothes worn by African Americans during the antebellum period. The research focuses on the influences of the African and western dress on the enslaved people in America. She has researched the slave dress of the inhabitants of Fort Hill plantation in Clemson, SC and created representative costumes for educational purposes. Currently, Johnson serves as the costume historian and consultant for Call My Name: The Black Experience in Upstate South Carolina from Enslavement to Desegregation, a traveling exhibit that studies the lives of African Americans who lived and worked on the campus of Clemson University and in nearby communities.

Department of Performing Arts
Department of Performing Arts | 221 Brooks Center, Box 340525, Clemson, SC 29634