Alumni

Kent, OH – School of Theatre and Dance alumnus Dylan Ratell made his Broadway debut June 1 in "Chicago" at New York's Ambassador Theatre. Ratell, a 2014 graduate of Kent State's musical theatre program, portrayed Mary Sunshine in the national tour of the production this spring. Following his Broadway debut, Ratell joined the production's international tour in Seoul, South Korea. A native of Bay City, Michigan, Ratell began his performance career at Kent State when he played Mary Sunshine in Porthouse Theatre's production of "Chicago" in 2011.

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Author and illustrator Cece Bell received a Newbery Honor for her most recent publication and first graphic novel, El Deafo, where she shares her experiences with hearing loss at a young age. El Deafo is only the second graphic novel to receive a Newbery Honor.

Students and alumni of the School of Theatre and Dance's musical theatre program will perform at 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, on Fri., March 27, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. The one time only concert, "A Night With Kent State University," celebrates the School of Theatre and Dance's musical theatre program.

School of Theatre and Dance alumna Therese "Tee" Boyich, who graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Musical Theatre, is the featured female vocalist in the theme song of the new Netflix original series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." Since the series' debut on March 6, the theme song has been called "perfect" by Wired and widely praised as a viral hit by publications like Vanity Fair and The Huffington Post. The theme

Alumnus Dylan Ratell, a 2014 graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre, has joined the national Equity tour of Chicago The Musical  in the role of Mary Sunshine. Ratell previously portrayed Mary Sunshine in Porthouse Theatre's 2011 production of Chicago. The tour stars John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn and will perform across the United States and in Canada.

Since the debut of its first season on Netflix on Fri., March 6, new series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" has garnered rave reviews. Co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the show is executive produced by School of Theatre and Dance alumnus Jeff Richmond '85.

The College of Public Health Alumni Group kicked off the year with a social event at the Winking Lizard Tavern in Peninsula on January 29.  Alumni mingled with former classmates and faculty members, then enjoyed dinner, topped off with a delectable cake and a raffle.  Thanks to the alumni group steering committee for organizing the event.  In other news, alumni group members shared job-search success secrets with students attending the college’s January 22 career day, sponsored by the Office of Public Health Practice & Partnerships.  Future activities will include participating in a rec

Photo of Julian Edelman (Photo credit: New England Patriots)Former Golden Flashes continue Kent State’s strong ties to Patriots and Super Bowl

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