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  • KENDRA L. JOHNSON CURRICULUM VITAE 221 Brooks Center Department of Performing Arts Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634 864-656-7842 kjohns7@clemson.edu EDUCATION Master of Fine Arts in Theatre With a Concentration in Costume Design, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, 1994 Actualized Thesis: Costume Design With a Specialization in Fabric Dyeing: Our Country's Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker Conceptualized Thesis Project: The Birds by Aristophanes Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 1991 TEACHING Clemson University, Clemson, SC Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, August 2003-Present • Costume Design, THEA 467 • Theatre Appreciation, THEA 210 • Theatre Appreciation-Honors, THEA 210H • Stage Makeup, THEA 267 • Advanced Stage Makeup, THEA 499 (Independent Study) • Costume Technology, THEA 367 • Costume Rendering, THEA 499 (Independent Study) • African-American Theatre I, THEA 317 • African-American Theatre II, THEA 318 • Performing Arts Seminar, PA 201 • Study and Construction of Women’s Undergarments, THEA 398 (Special Topics Course) • Costume Research on African-American Antebellum Clothing (Independent Study), THEA 499 University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track, August 2000-2003 August 2000-June 2003 • Costume Design, DRAMA 440 • Costuming, DRAMA 325 • Costume Research, ST-DRAMA 373 • Wigs and Hairpieces, ST-DRAMA 373 • Stage Makeup, DRAMA 124 • Advanced Stage Makeup, ST-DRAMA 373 Paideia Academy at Randolph, Charlotte, NC
  • Drama Teacher, August 1998-June 2000 • Cultural Arts (Drama) • Drama I • Drama II West Charlotte Senior High School, Charlotte, NC Drama Teacher, December 1997-June 1998 • Drama I • Drama II • Drama III and Honors ACADEMIC RESEARCH Presentation “Black and Blue: Indigo as Substrate for Cultural Exchange” Interdisciplinary Research Project with Andrea Feesser (Art Department) and Karen C. Hall (Forestry) Presented at the Society for Economic Botany Charleston, SC Summer 2009 Lecture SC Humanities Council Grant Interdisciplinary Research Project with Andrea Feesser (Art Department) and Karen C. Hall (Forestry) “Enslaved Persons’ Contributions to Back Country South Carolina Indigo Culture” (Slave Dress and Indigo Dyeing) The Arts Center Clemson University Fall 2009 Published Articles: “Designs on Broadway? Guest Designers Share Their Stories, Tips” Southern Theatre, Volume XLIX, Number 3 Southeastern Theatre Conference publication Summer 2008 “Hair! Everything You Wanted to Know About Styling African-American Hair But Were Afraid to Ask” Southern Theatre, Volume XLVIII, Number 4 Southeastern Theatre Conference publication Fall 2007 Articles on research in the following publications: Clemson World, Spring 2005—Vol. 58, No. 2 AAH 2 2006: Research in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities
  • Grant Research and Presentation: “South Carolina Indigo: The Plant and Dye as a Colonial Boon and Burden” (Enslaved Person’s Use of Indigo Dye in the Production of Their Clothing) Clemson University Vending Machine Grant Interdisciplinary Presentation with Andrea Feeser: Art and Karen C. Hall: Forestry and Natural Resources Strom Thurmond Institute Auditorium Clemson University March 2008 Conference Presentations & Workshops: “A Collaborative Scholarly Presentation and Workshop of Indigo” Conference Workshop Presenter Society for Economic Botany Charleston, SC June 2009 “Everything You Wanted to Know About Styling African-American Hair But Were Afraid to Ask” Conference Workshop Presenter Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Clemson University Clemson, SC February 2008 “Shirt-tail Fellows: Class Identification of Clothing in the Slave Communities of South Carolina” Juried Paper Presentation Costume Society of America, Region VI Conference Nashville, TN August 2004 Exhibit Showings: Costumed Figurines Exhibited: “African American Dolls – The Stories They Tell” Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center Wilberforce, OH Edna Diggs, Curator Present-August 29, 2009 “African-American Dolls in Antebellum Costume” Permanent Collection Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center Wilberforce, OH Edna Diggs, Curator July 2008
  • “Truth in Clothing: Slavery Dolls in Costume” Gallery Exhibit Blackbridge Hall Gallery Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA February 27-March 24, 2006 Guest Lecturer: Daughters of the Dust, Film Screening “South Carolina Indigo: An Interdisciplinary Presentation” Guest Lecturer with Andrea Feeser-Art and Karen C. Hall-Forestry Lee Hall Auditorium Clemson University Clemson, SC March 27, 2008 “Truth in Clothing: African-American Dress in the Carolinas” Guest Lecturer Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA March 9, 2006 CREATIVE RESEARCH Costume Design • Betrayal, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, April 2010 • Macbeth, Warehouse Theatre and The Peace Center, Greenville, SC, March 2010 • The Power Behind the Palette, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, November 2009 • House of Bernarda Alba, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, October 2009 • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (musical), Clemson University, Clemson, SC, February 2009 • Glass Menagerie, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, November 2008 • Three Cuckholds, Warehouse Theatre, Greenville, SC, August 2008 • Much Ado About Nothing, Collaborative Arts Theatre, The Charlotte Shakespeare Festival, McGlohon Theatre- Spirit Square, Charlotte, NC, 2008 • The Importance of Being Earnest, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2008 • Reckless, Warehouse Theatre, Greenville, SC, 2007 • Jane Eyre, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2007 • Frankie & Johnny at the Claire de Lune, Warehouse Theatre, Greenville, SC, 2007 • Quilting the Sun (World Premier), Centre Stage-South Carolina, Greenville, SC, 2007 • Laramie Project, SC Governor’s School for the Arts, Greenville, SC, 2006
  • • Miss Julie, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2006 • Sincerely, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2006 • Crimes of the Heart, SC Governor’s School for the Arts, Greenville, SC, 2005 • The Subject Was Roses, Warehouse Theatre, Greenville, SC, 2005 • Heidi Chronicles, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2005 • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2005 • Learned Ladies, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2004 • Colored Museum, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2004 • Nickel and Dimed, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2004 • Twelfth Night, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2004 • Marat/Sade, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 2003 • A Village Fable, UNC-Asheville, Asheville, NC, 2003 • Midwives, North Carolina Stage Company, Asheville, NC, 2003 • And Then They Came For Me, Highland Repertory Theatre, Asheville, NC, 2003 • How I Learned to Drive, Highland Repertory Theatre, Asheville, NC, 2002 • Midwives, North Carolina Stage Company, Asheville, NC, 2003 • As You Like It, UNC-Asheville, Asheville, NC, 2003 • Birds of a Feather, UNC-Asheville, Asheville, NC, 2002 • Master Harold...and the Boys, UNC-Asheville, NC 2002 • Equus, UNC-Asheville, Asheville, NC, 2001 • Miss Julie, UNC-Asheville, Asheville, NC, 2001 • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Tanglewood Children’s Theatre, Asheville, NC 2001 • Macbeth, UNC-Asheville, Asheville, NC 2000 • Androcles and the Lion, South Mecklenburg Senior High School, Charlotte, NC, 2000 • Our Country's Good, Clarence Brown Theatre Company, Knoxville, TN, 1994 • I'm Not Rappaport, Clarence Brown Theatre Company, Knoxville, TN, 1992 • Once In a Wifetime, Dogwood Dell, Richmond, VA, 1994 • The Man Who Came to Dinner, Dogwood Dell, Richmond, VA, 1994 • Psycho Beach Party, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, 1993 • The Mandrake, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, 1992
  • • Fences, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 1991 • Baby With the Bathwater, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 1991 • Sizwe Bansi Is Dead, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 1990 • Uncommon Women and Others, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 1990 Costume Design Assistant • A Perfect Ganesh, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1994 • To Kill A Mockingbird, Dogwood Dell, Richmond, VA, 1993 • Driving Miss Daisy, Stagefest, Charleston, SC, 1991 • The Glass Menagerie, Stagefest, Charleston, SC, 1991 Costume Technology/Dye and Fabric Modification • I Am A Man, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1995 • The Odyssey, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1994 • Oliver, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, 1993 • To Kill a Mockingbird, Dogwood Dell, Richmond, VA, 1993 Costume Researcher • Researched the clothing of the Mau-Mau Rebellion for prominent costume designer Paul Tazwell, 1995 PROFESSIONAL SERVICE Southern Theatre Editorial Board Southern Theatre Magazine Southeastern Theatre Conference 2007-2011 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 4-Campus Host Clemson University Clemson, SC February 2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Marvin Sims Award/Diversity Strategic Plan Committee Region IV, Southeast Region 2007-2008 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Design Mentor for the “Marvin Sims Design Fellowship Award” Region IV, Southeast Region 2006-2007 South Carolina Theatre Association
  • Panel Participant “Theatre Appreciation Classes” South Carolina Theatre Association Greenwood, SC November 2003 United States Institute of Theatre Technology “How to (Dread) Lock a Wig for a Production” Costume Poster Session New Orleans, LA February 2002 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival KCACTF Theatre Respondent, Region IV • Black Nativity, North Carolina A&T, Greensboro December 2006 • An American Daughter, UNC-Asheville, NC November 2006 • A Christmas in Wales, University of Tennessee-Knoxville December 2001 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT “Workshop: Instant Bondage or Duct Tape Corset Patterning”-Attendant Bill Brewer (University of Central Florida), Presenter KCACTF Clemson University Clemson, SC February 2008 “Intersections Between History and Memory”-Attendant Keith Byron Kirk, Presenter KCACTF Clemson University Clemson, SC February 2008 “Online Teaching”-Attendant Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation Clemson University Clemson, SC April 2006
  • “Contract Grading”-Attendant Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation Clemson University Clemson, SC August 2005 “Masterful Makeup Techniques”- Attendant Southeastern Theatre Conference Chattanooga, TN March 2004 “Figure Drawing Without Fear”-Attendant Southeastern Theatre Conference Chattanooga, TN March 2004 “Rendering Sets and Costumes”-Attendant Southeastern Theatre Conference Chattanooga, TN March 2004 “Teaching Philosophy”- Attendant Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation Clemson University Clemson, SC October 2003 UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENTAL, & COMMUNITY SERVICE Class Lectures “How Directors and Designers Communicate Ideas” Guest Lecturer THEA 210: Theatre Appreciation Alec Harrington, Instructor Clemson University Clemson, SC Fall 2005 “Costume Design”, THEA 210: Theatre Appreciation Guest Lecturer Tony Penna, Instructor Clemson University Clemson, SC Fall 2005 “Slave Clothing Depicted in the Media” Guest Lecturer
  • CHS 103: Calhoun Honors Seminar Susana Ashton, Instructor Clemson University Clemson, SC Spring 2005 Workshops Indigo Dye Workshop The Arts Center Clemson, SC Fall 2009 Stage Makeup Workshop –The Deleaney Sisters Workshop Presenter Asheville Community Theatre Asheville, NC April 2001 “Costumes With Little or No Money” UNC-Asheville High School Drama Workshop Workshop Presenter UNC-Asheville March 2001 Committee Work Clemson University, Clemson SC • Personnel Committee, Performing Arts Department, 2009-2010 • Performing Arts Advisory Committee, 2008-2009 • Performing Arts Advisory Committee, 2007-2008 • Honors, Awards, and Scholarship Committee, 2006-2007 • Pan-African Studies Advisory Committee, 2007 • Performing Arts Strategic Planning Committee, 2006-2007 • AAH Strategic Planning Committee, 2004-2005 • Honors, Awards, and Scholarship Committee, 2004-2006 • Advisory Committee, 2004-2006 • Black History Month Committee, 2004-2005 • Women's Arts Festival Committee, 2004-2005 • Search Committee for Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Acting Position, 2003-2004 • Search Committee for Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Lighting Designer, • 2003-2004 University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC • Minority Affairs Commission, Fall 2002 • High School Drama Workshop Coordinator, Fall 2002 • Drama Department Representative, 2001-2002 • Drama Department Liaison for Campus and Asheville Community, 2001-2002
  • • Co-Sponsor, United States Institute of Theatre Technology, 2000-2003 • Committee for UNCA Summer Reading Program, 2001 • 1st Year Experience Instructor, African-American Colloquium, Fall 2001 • Co-Sponsor, Sisters of Spirit in Service, Fall 2001 COSTUME DESIGN MENTOR Kimberly VanNess, Student The Cult of Aphrodite Performing Arts Department Clemson University Fall 2007 Brianna Havice, Student Pieces of My Heart Performing Arts Department Clemson University Clemson, SC April 2007 Corrina Miller, Student The Siren Song of Stephen J. Gould Performing Arts Department Clemson University Clemson, SC April 2007 Kimberly Van Ness, Student Urinetown, KCACTF Barbizon Design Competition Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, Peer Reviewed Performing Arts Department February 2007 Corrina Miller, Student Henry V Performing Arts Department Clemson University Clemson, SC November 2006 Kimberly Van Ness, Student Burial at Thebes, KCACTF Barbizon Design Competition Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, Peer Reviewed Performing Arts Department Clemson University Clemson, SC February 2006 Emily Perkins, Student
  • Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival The Decameron Project Performing Arts Department Barbizon Costume Design Competition Jacksonville, FL, 2006 Cheryl Herman, Student If Sins Be Forgiven South Carolina Theatre Association Lander University Greenwood, SC 2003 AWARDS AND GRANTS • South Carolina Humanities Grant: Project Team: Kendra Johnson, Andrea Feeser-Project Director, Karen Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 2009 • Vending Machine Funds Grant: Africans, African-Americans and South Carolina Indigo, Project Team: Kendra Johnson, Andrea Feeser, Karen Hall, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 2007 • The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Award-Costume Design, Heidi Chronicles, 2005 • AAH Research Grant- To study and compare historic costumes of African-Americans during the antebellum period in South Carolina. The findings will be submitted in the form of a scholarly article to Dress, an annual journal for costumers, curators, professionals, and enthusiasts. 2004 • Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship, Arena Stage, Washington, DC 1994-1995 • SETC Design Competition, 2nd Place in Costume Design, 1994 • SETC Design Competition, 2nd Place in Costume Design, 1993 AFFILIATIONS Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival Southeastern Theatre Conference South Carolina Theatre Association