The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of their art at one of Ohio's top universities.


From dawn until long after dark, the halls, classrooms, studios and stages of the Center for the Performing Arts are alive with students’ creative activities. With in-depth artistic and technical training on a liberal arts foundation, the school’s professional culture permeates every facet of life and learning. As a result, students cultivate their talents and make the connections necessary for career success. 

Year-round production opportunities provide students with a quality education in our state-of-the-art facilities, including the recently completed Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance which houses more than 70,000 square feet of learning, performance, and design space. With three performance spaces on site in the Center for the Performing Arts and a fourth in the form of our outdoor summer theatre, Porthouse Theatre, students have frequent chances to display their work.


Nathan the Wise  

The School of Theatre and Dance offers undergraduate training in dance studies, dance performance, design and technology, and musical theatre.

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Guest Artists

Ben Vereen Visits Kent State

Students in the School of Theatre and Dance benefit from frequent visits of guest artists. Recent guests include Ben Vereen, Everett Quinton, the Limon Dance Company, Christopher K. Morgan, and Joseph Hanreddy. 

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On Stage

On Stage

With 9 productions in all, the 2014-2015 season features Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You, the Kent Dance Ensemble's 25th anniversary concert, and the premiere of new musical My Heart is the Drum.

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In the News

A Theatre and Dance student celebrates at commencement.

The School of Theatre and Dance is dedicated to supporting and celebrating the successes of its students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

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