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Prof. Johanna Forte

Johanna ForteProfessor Johanna Forte (Costume Designer) has been an Associate Professor of Theatre since 1986. Originally from Michigan, she earned an M.F.A. in costume design from Wayne State University.

Professor Forte came to KU with a wide range of professional experiences, including designing at Meadow Brook Theatre, SUNY Purchase, two years as the resident designer/costumer at Allentown's PA Stage Company, and assisting New York-based costume designers. The Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival has recognized Professor Forte for her costume design in Crimes of the Heart, The Lion in Winter, Assassins, and All My Sons.

Presently, she is the faculty advisor for the Sunshine Players, the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre's touring Children's Theatre group.

Professor Forte's KU productions include Lanford Wilson's The Hot'L Baltimore, Robert Brustein's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Baby with the Bathwater.

She resides in Bowers, PA with her actor/director husband, Randall, and their two children, Melina and Byron.