Faculty Bio

Kenisha Kelly

Lecturer of Drama

Kenisha Kelly joined the faculty of the Department of Drama at Vassar College as the Professor of Costume Design in 2010. Her areas of teaching include, costume design, costume technology and costume history. Ms. Kelly received her BFA in Fashion Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Houston’s School of Drama and Dance. Kenisha has worked for companies such as the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet Company and the Houston Shakespeare Festival. Additionally, she has designed costumes for various regional and fringe theatre companies throughout the country. Recent designs include; Please Excuse My Dear Aunt SallyStockholm and Balls for the One Year Lease Theatre Company in New York, NY, as well as Sex and Other Disturbances for The Portland Stage Theatre Company in Portland, ME. Kenisha is a member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology, the Association of Dress Historians, and the Costume Society of America. Kenisha is presently conducting research in the area of Caribbean Costume History, focusing on dress as a means of accommodation, resistance and individual autonomy.