School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

Kerro Knox 3

Kerro Knox 3

     Kerro Knox 3
Associate Professor of Theatre
Theatre Program Director

(248) 370-3025














Kerro Knox 3 (Associate Professor) teaches lighting design and theatre history, as well as serving as the Theatre Program Director. 

He has designed countless shows in all areas of music, theatre and dance at Oakland including: Othello, Gypsy, Lysistrata, Lucky Stiff (scenery and lighting), A Chorus Line (costumes and lights),  Into the Woods (scenery), Opal (costumes), The Waiting Room (scenery), and lighting for Romeo and Juliet, Urinetown, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, By Jupiter, and The Rimers of Eldritch.  He also has directed several shows, most notably children’s theatre shows he has developed: Just So Stories, adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s book, and Serengeti Tales, adapted from African folklore. He also directed the one-man musical Herringbone at the Body Politic Theatre in Chicago. For several summers, he has traveled to Greece to teach, design, and perform as part of the University of Detroit’s Classical Theatre Summer Study Program.

Kerro designs lighting regularly for the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble and Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Company, as well as several shows for Meadow Brook Theatre, including Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and  And Then They Came for Me.  He has also designed lighting for Stephanie Skura and Dancers at The Joyce Theatre and Lincoln Center in New York and at SUNY Buffalo. His scenic designs have been at Michigan State University and The Chapin School in New York. 

Kerro is also assistant director of OU’s African Drum and Xylophone Ensemble and the Steel Band. He has played the music in OU’s productions of Les Blancs and Death and the King’s Horseman.  He also plays professionally in both genres, which have taken him to New York City, Canada and Trinidad, as well as performing with local musical groups including the Warren Symphony Orchestra.  He has just released a CD of Christmas tunes on steel pan for which he arranged selections from The Nutcracker Suite. He also tunes and builds musical instruments for the ensembles. 

Kerro has worked at the Cleveland Play House, Syracuse Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, GeVa Theatre (Rochester, NY), and on the national tour of The Phantom of the Opera.  He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association as a stage manager and received his BA in American Studies from Yale College and his MFA in Technical Design and Production from the Yale School of Drama, where he studied with world-renowned designers Jennifer Tipton and Ming Cho Lee. 

Prior to teaching at Oakland, he taught at Syracuse University and at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  He is currently the Vice Co-Chair of Region III of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and continues to work with the Ensemble Theatre Community School in Eagles Mere, PA, where he has been associated for twenty-plus years.