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United Arts Council

Wake County Visiting Artist Residency


Program Mission and Overview

The Visiting Artist will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the artistic landscape through creative, skillful collaboration on productions by local professional and community theaters.  The artist will interact with the community through workshops, classes, and presentations and (when appropriate) exhibitions. United Arts will facilitate a collaborative relationship between the Visiting Artist and the local arts community to complete program activities (below). 

2018-19 Visiting Artist

Kahei Shum, 2018-19 Visiting Artist

Kahei ShumKahei "Ketti" Shum is a theatrical costume designer with an MFA in costume design and a BFA in production design in filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has worked as an adjunct professor, visual designer for small businesses, and a resident costume designer at Barter Players. She has designed costumes for theatrical productions at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Peppercorn Theatre, Davidson College, and others. Ketti was nominated for Best Costume Design, Musical, by Broadway World Charlotte for La Cage Aux Folles in 2016.  She was born and reared in Hong Kong and currently resides in Thomasville, N.C.

Beginning in August, Ketti will lead workshops and collaborate with local theater companies and schools to inspire public engagement and support of theater arts. 


2018-19 Visiting Artist Activities​

  • Provide original designs for up to eight local stage productions through creative collaboration and participation in productions by professional and community theater groups.

  • Encourage knowledge of technical theater skills for all age groups by offering workshops in educational settings like high schools, local theater companies, etc.

  • Create and lead at least four classes/workshops open to the public


For more information, contact Brandi Neuwirth at [email protected] or (919) 839-1498, ext. 205.

Schedule of events coming soon!


410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh NC 27603

Phone: (919) 839-1498
Fax: (919) 839-6002