Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series

Since 2001, the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series has presented guest artists respected in the field of theatre, dance, visual arts, music and architecture including such noted artists as Tony award-winners Stephen Schwartz, the composer of "Wicked," "Into the Woodsand more; "Next to Normal" actress Alice Ripley; the Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet; postmodern minimalist artist Richard Tuttle; artists and fashion designers Ruben and Isabel Toledo; the internationally acclaimed dance company, Ballet Florida; and actor, dancer and arts advocate Ben Vereen and the Limon Dance Group, just to name a few. 

The Schroth series was established by Cecile Draime and her late husband, Max, of Warren, Ohio, to honor their dear friend Thomas Schroth (1922-1997). A noted regional architect, Schroth designed the Butler Institute of Art’s Trumbull museum in Howland, as well as numerous other award-winning projects. Thomas Schroth spent his life in Niles, Ohio, as a prominent architect and inveterate collaborator in the artistic life of the Mahoning Valley and Northeast Ohio. A world traveler, he saw human creativity as a window framing human experience. The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series brings diverse views through that window to the Kent campus and community.

The events are always free and open to the public.

2020-2021 Schroth Series

The College of the Arts is proud to continue the acclaimed Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series this year with virtual presentations dedicated to the College's commitment to celebrating diversity within the Arts.

All presentations are held via Zoom.

Tiffany Rea Fisher

Artistic Director, Elisa Monte Dance

Thursday, December 3, 2020
5:30 p.m.

Kaja Dunn

Assistant Professor and Head of Acting, University of North Carolina – Charlotte Department of Theatre

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
5:30 p.m.

Keama Garrett

Fashion and Costume Designer

Thursday, February 4, 2021
5:30 p.m.

Schele Williams

Actress and Director

Thursday, February 18, 2021
5:30 p.m.

Sonya Clark


Thursday, March 11, 2021
5:30 p.m.

Darnell Jamal Lisby

Fashion Historian and Curator

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
5:30 p.m.

Robert Fleming

Executive Artistic Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville

Thursday, April 29, 2021
5:30 p.m.