Program Books/Kathy A. Perkins (she/her)

Kathy A. Perkins (she/her)

lighting designer

Kathy A. Perkins has designed productions throughout the United States and interna­tionally at such venues as Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage, St. Louis Black Repertory, Balt­imore Center Stage, Yale Repertory, Goodman Thea­tre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Grahamstown Festival in South Africa. She has also designed for various dance festivals, including Dance Africa at the Brook­lyn Academy of Music (BAM). As a practicing scholar, she has traveled throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia. Perkins is a recipient of several research and design awards, including a Fulbright Research Award, a National Endow­ment for the Humanities Fellowship, and an NAACP Image Award. She is editor/co-editor of seven theater publications focusing on women from Africa and the Diaspora. Perkins is Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of USA829.