Professor Kerry Ferguson earned her BA in Theatre and her MA in Dramatic Theory from Washington University in St. Louis. Primarily a director and playwright, her theatrical interests also include costuming, dramaturgy, and movement for the stage. Her classes include Introduction to Theatre, Acting for Non-Majors, Directing for the Stage, and Theatre for Youth.
Regional directing credits include West Side Story (Ballet Spartanburg), Steel Magnolias and Driving Miss Daisy (Greenville Little Theatre), Last Lists of My Mad Mother (Theatre Converse), portions of Suzan Lori Parks’ year-long national performance project, 365 Days/365 Plays (The Showroom at Hub-Bub) and Slut! The Musical (Actors Theatre of Charlotte). Kerry’s own latest play, connect: a memory play premiered at Wofford in October of 2007. Three of her childrens’ plays, created with Wofford students enrolled in her Theatre for Youth class, also premiered in the Tony White Theatre. Go to Bed, Amelia Red!, Abby the Alien and her Animal Adventures, and Rutabaga’s Royal Academy all opened to rave reviews and ecstatic young audiences. Kerry most recently directed one of her favorite plays, Big Love, by Chuck Mee, with a fabulous ensemble of Wofford actors. Other credits include work at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, where she worked as John Malkovich’s assistant director. At the core of her theatrical teachings is the idea of the ensemble, and the vitally important role of collaboration. Using techniques loosely based on the works of theatre director Anne Bogart, Kerry emphasizes the importance of both the actor’s body and physical awareness of his or her space. In addition to her theatrical work, Kerry also helped create and launch the Hub-Bub Artist-In-Residence Program in 2006, which annually hosts 4 emerging young artists in live/work spaces in downtown Spartanburg. She is also the recipient of the 2009 Hub City Writers Project First Prize for Poetry. Finally, she is married to Mark Ferguson and is the proud full-time mama to daughter Mirabelle, son Beckett Clyde, and sweet baby girl Felicity Dare.