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Kathy Anne Perkins

Professor Emerita
Univ. of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) & Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kathy edits anthologies of plays primarily by women from Africa and the African Diaspora. She also writes about African American designers and their role in the development of the American Theatre. Kathy has published three books with Routledge, with the most recent being The Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance, co-edited with Sandra Richards, Renee Alexander Craft and Thomas DeFrantz. She is also a professional lighting designer.

Subjects: Theater

Biography

Kathy A. Perkins, scholar and lighting designer, is the editor/co-editor of six anthologies: 1) Black Female Playwrights: An Anthology of Plays Before 1950,  2) Contemporary Plays by Women of Color with Roberta Uno , 3) Strange Fruit: Plays on Lynching by American Women with Judith L. Stephens, 4) Black South African Women: An Anthology of Plays 5) African Women Playwrights, and 6) Selected Plays: Alice Childress.  She also served as one of four editors for the Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance, along with Sandra Richards, Renee Alexander Craft and Thomas DeFrantz.

Kathy is a recipient of numerous research and design awards, including Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, and an NAACP Image Award.  She has traveled throughout Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia for her work as a scholar and designer.

She has designed throughout the U.S. and internationally at such venues as Berkeley Repertory, Arena Stage, St. Louis Black Repertory, Baltimore Center Stage, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Yale Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club and the Grahamstown Festival in South Africa.
Kathy is Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    1) African American Theatre History  
    2) African and African Diaspora Women Playwrights
    3) Women of Color Playwrights
    4) Carnivals and Festivals of the African Diaspora
    5) Lighting Design

Personal Interests

    Traveling and Photography

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Books

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 Featured Title - Companion to African American Theatre and Performance - 1st Edition book cover

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