Kathryn Ervin is a professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at California State University San Bernardino. She served on the faculty at Michigan State University. She teaches courses in Directing, Acting, Creative Drama and African American Theatre and Film and Culture. She is a graduate of Wayne State University and Illinois State University.
She is active in numerous professional organizations including the California Educational Theatre Association, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and she is a fellow of the California Arts Project. She is a recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Outstanding Educator Award and an NAACP Pioneer Award. She is a consultant and past president for the Black Theatre Network, the national organization for artists, scholars and individuals with an interest in celebrating the beauty and complexity of black life onstage. In 2010 she received the Black Theatre Network Lifetime Membership Award recognizing her service to the organization.
As a director her representative productions include THE WIZ, Novio Boy, HAMLET: the artist formerly known as PRINCE of Denmark. She guest directed Intimate Apparel at UCR and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Illinois State. Her original production of the hip hop opera Keep Hedz Ringin by Rickerby Hinds was a finalist at the American College Theatre Festival in Utah and presented as part of the NYC Hip Hop Theatre Festival in 2002. She recently directed Once on this Island at UC San Bernadino’s main stage.