Kathy A. Perkins

Lighting Designer

PlayMakers: “Count,” “Mr. Joy,” “Trouble in Mind,” “Surviving Twin,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Clybourne Park,” “The Parchman Hour”.

Broadway: “Trouble in Mind”. 

Regional: American Conservatory Theatre, Arena Stage, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory, St. Louis Black Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Baltimore Center Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, New Federal Theatre, Mark Taper, Yale Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and People’s Light.

Education: In 2007 she was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. She received her BFA from Howard University and her M.F.A. from the University of Michigan. 

Awards: Recipient of numerous research and design awards, including Ford Foundation, Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and an NAACP Image Award.  She received the 2021 United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Distinguished Achievement Award for both Education and Lighting Design. 

Other Credits: Kathy is the editor of seven anthologies focusing on women both nationally and internationally, including “Selected Plays: Alice Childress.  She is a senior editor of the ”Routledge Companion to African American Theatre and Performance“.  Kathy is faculty Emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1995, Kathy co-curated ”ONSTAGE: A Century of African American Stage Design” at New York’s Lincoln Center.  In 2016 she served as a theatre consultant for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture inaugural exhibition Taking the Stage.

Shows at PlayMakers