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Ep. 13: Kahei Shum Mcrae on Art, Costume Design, and the Chaos Where All Beautiful Work is Birthed

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As Wake County’s first artist-in-residence, Kahei Shum Mcrae, also known as Ketti, has spent the last year working with theaters across the Triangle designing costumes for such shows as Raleigh Little Theatre’s Measure for Measure and the upcoming Theatre in the Park production of Godspell which opens in April. Ketti is originally from Hong Kong, where her passion for art was nurtured through Chinese painting and calligraphy classes.

About the Guest

Kahei Shum (Ketti) is a Costume Designer and Art Department Artisan. She received her MFA in Costume Design and her BFA in Production Design/Art Direction in Filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She also holds a BA in Theatre and Drama from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Shum is originally from Hong Kong, where her passion for Art was nurtured through Chinese painting and calligraphy classes. She started reading plays and writing stories when she was in secondary school and fell in love with the story-telling process. During her undergraduate years, Kahei was introduced to all areas of design which set a foundation for her well-rounded atheistic. Kahei started working professionally as a Costume Designer while pursuing her MFA. Her costume design work has been seen at Theatre Charlotte, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, UNC Charlotte, Davison College, The Barter Players, Wake Forest University, the Triad Stage, the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Ash Lawn Opera, Peppercorn Children’s Theatre and the Orlando Repertory Theatre. She is the first Wake County Visiting Artist and has spent the last year designing for theaters around the Triangle and presenting workshops and master classes. For more information about Shum, visit

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