BiographyProf. William Kenyon serves as Head of the Lighting Design Program in the School of Theatre at Penn State. An active professional designer, Prof. Kenyon has designed over 150 plays, operas, and dances, along with over a dozen national and international tour seasons with several Theatre & Dance companies. Prof. Kenyon’s recent work includes performances at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Wolftrap, the Qatar International Arts Festival, and Bucknell University.
He has also designed for the Metropolitan Playhouse, Opera Delaware, Ballet Theatre of Central Pennsylvania, Nebraska Rep, Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware, Opera Omaha, University of Iowa, and MTI-Disney. Prof. Kenyon has been involved in Native American theatre and dance for over 15 years, serving as resident LD for the American Indian Dance Theatre, and was involved in the complete re-imagining of “Unto These Hills”, a massive outdoor spectacle celebrating the history of the Cherokee.
Prior to Penn State, William taught Lighting & Sound Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prof. Kenyon serves as the Chair and US Delegate to the OISTAT (Organisation Internationale des Scénographes, Techniciens et Architectes de Théâtre) Education Commission, after haivng served 2 terms as Commssioner for Education for USITT. Prof. Kenyon is also the Chair of the recently-created History & Heritage Committee within USITT.
Member of USITT, OISTAT, IALD, IESNA, and USAA Local #829 in the areas of Lighting and Sound Design. When not on tour or in tech, Prof. Kenyon is working on climbing the highest point in each U.S. state. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife Jenny, a Costume and Scenic
Designer, and his daughter Delaney.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Theatre Lighting Design & Technology
Theatre Sound Design & Technology
History of Theatre Technology
LED Applications in Horticulture & Agriculture
Backpacking, Climbing, Cycling, Canoe & Kayaking.
Search & Rescue.
Tang Soo Do (Korean Martial Arts).