Frederick Kennedy is an artist fascinated by the ways in which improvisation informs design. Before pursuing his MFA, Frederick completed a bachelor of music in jazz percussion at the University of North Texas and later spent several years in New York playing alongside some of the most accomplished figures in contemporary improvised music. This work led to new opportunities producing music for theater, video, commercials, and dance, and he found that his training in improvisation provided a firm foundation from which to approach these other artistic endeavors. Recent work includes designs for Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2, and 3 at American Conservatory Theater and Native Son at Yale Repertory Theatre. Other recent credits include designs for If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, and Othello at Yale School of Drama, as well as fourteen shows at the Yale Cabaret.