Students in the School of Theatre and Dance regularly interact with a network of professional visiting artists who have worked in regional and national theatrical venues, in higher education, and in film and television.
Currently, the school has three different endowed guest-artist series:
Recent Guest Artists
Master Class with Barry Keating – Composer and Lyricist of Tony Award nominated Starmites
Master Class with Everett Quinton – Drama Desk and Obie Award winning actor; former Artistic Director of the Ridiculous Theatrical Company
Residency by Joseph Hanreddy – 2013-2014 Roe Green Visiting Director (Pride and Prejudice); former Artistic Director of Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and co-adapter with J.R. Sullivan of Pride and Prejudice performed at Kent State in April 2014
Master Class with Christopher K. Morgan – Choreographer; Named in 2011 as one of Dance Magazine's 6 Breakout Choreographers in the United States
Residency by Kathleen F. Conlin – 2014-2015 Roe Green Visiting Director (You Can't Take It With You); twenty-two seasons as Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director for the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival
Residency by Garth Fagan – 2014-2015 Armstrong Family Visiting Artist; Fagan is the founder of Garth Fagan Dance and won a Tony Award for his choreography of Broadway's The Lion King
Master Class with Carla Maxwell and the Limon Dance Company – Artistic Director of the Limon Dance Company
Residency by Karen Stokes – Artistic Director of Karen Stokes Dance, Co-Founder of Travesty Dance Group; Head of University of Houston Dance program
Residency by Michael Rupert –2012-2013 Roe Green Visiting Director (Spring Awakening); Actor, writer and composer; appeared in Broadway productions of Pippin, Sweet Charity, March of the Falsettos, Falsettoland, Ragtime and Legally Blonde.
Residency and Guest Appearance by Ami Dayan – 2011-2012 Roe Green Visiting Director (Nathan the Wise); Playwright, director and performer. Adapted Dario Fo's A Tale of a Tiger which he performed at the School of Theatre and Dance in 2012.
Master Class by John Maouro – A 2007 graduate of the School of Theatre and Dance, Maouro was a member of the Hair cast on Broadway, in London's West End, and on the National Tour
Master Class by Ben Vereen – Tony Award winning performing artist
Additional Selected Guest Artist Residencies and Master Classes
Master Class with Alice Ripley – Graduate of the School of Theatre and Dance; Tony Award Winning Actress
Master Class with Michael Casara – Casting Director
Residency by Michael McIntosh – Graduate of the School of Theatre and Dance; 2010-2011 Roe Green Visiting Director (Grease); Actor and Director
Residency by John Cameron – 2009-2010 Roe Green Visiting Director
Master Class with Stephen Schwartz – Academy Award, Grammy Award, Golden Globe, and Drama Desk Award winning Broadway composer and lyricist. Known for his work on Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell.
Residency by Peter Kyle - Director of Peter Kyle Dance
Residency by Darwin Prioleau – Choreographer
Master Class with Amy Michelle Allen – Actress; Cast member of Broadway's Wicked
Residency by Gina Kohler – Freelance Artist and Dancer, New York City
Master Classes and Residency by Tommy Parlon – Tommy Parlon Dance Projects
Residency by Members of Jump Rhythm Jazz, Artistic Director Billy Siegenfeld – Dancers and Choreographers