About Me:




I am an Associate Professor of Theatre in the Department of Performing Arts specializing in costume design and costume technology at Clemson University. I also teach African American Theatre I & II and special topics in costume design.


My professional credits include Cincinnati Shakespeare Company,  Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo, MD, Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, GA and Warehouse Theatre and Centre Stage in Greenville, SC. I served as costume designer for over 90 productions, among them, The Cake, In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play), Intimate Apparel, Fences, Macbeth, and Dutchman. I was also an Artistic Associate and resident costume designer at Warehouse Theatre, a professional theatre in Greenville, SC for several years.


I have a strong interest in historical clothing, particularly clothes worn by African Americans during the antebellum period. My research focuses on the influences of the African and western dress on the enslaved people in America.  I researched the slave dress of the inhabitants of Fort Hill plantation in Clemson, SC and created representative costumes for educational purposes. 


I received my MFA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and earned my Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University.




Telephone: 864-656-3043


Email: kjohns7@g.clemson.edu

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