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College of Arts and Humanities

Kendra Lynette Johnson

Kendra Lynette Johnson

Professor of Theatre

Department of Performing Arts
Office: 211 Brooks Center

M.F.A., University of Tennessee-Knoxville (1994); B.A., James Madison University (1991)

Curriculum Vitae


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 Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY; 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 the Artistic Associate and resident costume designer at the Warehouse Theatre, a professional theatre in Greenville, SC, for several years. Professor Johnson designed over 100 productions, among them "The Cake," "The Power of Sail," "Intimate Apparel," "Fences," "Macbeth," and "Dutchman." Professor Johnson's research includes historical clothing, mainly clothes worn by African Americans during the antebellum period. The study focuses on the influences of 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. Johnson serves as the costume historian and consultant for Call My Name: The Black Experience in Upstate South Carolina from Enslavement to Desegregation.

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