BA in Theatre from Oakland University
MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Krystal Kennel, Assistant Professor of Theatrical Design in the fields of Lighting and Sound Design, arrived at Columbus State University in the Fall 2008. She has designed over a dozen main stage productions over the past three seasons including Machinal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Piece of My Heart, Senora Tortuga, and Eurydice. Krystal has won numerous faculty design awards from the American College Theatre Festival, including the Region IV Teaching Artist in Design Award.
Prior to her arrival at CSU, Krystal was the Resident Sound Designer at the University of Alabama – Birmingham. While there, she had the opportunity to sound design Suzan Lori-Parks' In the Blood. This production was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the National American College Theatre Festival. She has also worked in various theatres across the country including The Hartford Stage Company, Dallas Theater Center, Madison Repertory Theatre, and The University Theatre of Madison. Her summers are spent in Wooster, Ohio where she is the Resident Lighting Designer for The Ohio Light Opera.
Krystal teaches courses in Lighting Design, Sound Design, Fundamentals of Technical Theatre, and Script Analysis.