Born in Kentucky, Kathy McCoy has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and is a student of a wide variety of cultures and characters, but of all the places she’s been, she’s been truly intrigued by just a few. Kathy has spent extensive time participating in Native American life at the Western Navajo Reservation near Flagstaff, Arizona, and also spent time in West Berlin, Germany. It can also be said of Kathy McCoy that she may just know as much about Monroeville, AL, the literary capital of Alabama, as anyone else who has ever lived or worked in the small town.
Kathy was the original executive director for the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroe County, Alabama, where she worked for fifteen years. While in Monroeville, Kathy also acted as the director of the annual “To Kill a Mockingbird” production beginning with the play’s development in 1991 and serving 16 years in that capacity, during which she and the actors and actresses involved have toured nationally and internationally. The Chicago Tribune has referred to McCoy as “Arguably the world’s foremost expert on To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Kathy McCoy completed her post-graduate education in Applied Anthropology at Georgia State University and also holds degrees in Anthropology and Archeology from the University of Tennessee. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Northern Arizona University where McCoy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her education uniquely prepared her for a career in writing that centers on Southern history and culture. Kathy has received a number of awards, including a Distinguished Service Award from the Alabama Historical Commission. She has been featured in a number of personal fine arts shows at galleries throughout Tucson.
Today, McCoy is the Artistic Director of the Pell City Center for Performing Arts in Alabama. She has been playing that role for seven years and was the founding executive director for the organization.