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Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series

The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series has presented guest artists respected in the field of theatre, dance, visual arts, music and architecture. Now in its 15th year, The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series has brought such noted artists as Tony award-winners Stephen Schwartz, composer of Wicked, Into the Woods, and more; Next to Normal actress Alice Ripley; Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet; postmodern minimalist artist Richard Tuttle; artists and fashion designers Ruben and Isabel Toledo; and 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 in 2001 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.


Paul Tazewell, Tony and Emmy award-winning costume designer

Tazewell spoke Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. This highly acclaimed costume designer has been designing costumes for theater, dance, opera and film for more than 25 years. On Broadway, select credits include “In the Heights,” “Memphis,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Side Show,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Color Purple” (2005), “Doctor Zhivago” and “Elaine Stritch at Liberty.” He has garnered six Tony Award nominations across his career. In 2015, he designed the costumes for “Hamilton,” a show that has shattered the definition of the American musical, and has become a social, artistic and political phenomenon. In 2016, he was awarded both a Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for “Hamilton” and the Emmy Award for “The Wiz Live!” on NBC.

Tazewell, who is a graduate of Buchtel High School, gave a master class to Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance costume design graduate and undergraduate students during the day on Sept. 25.

Kent State Guest Artist Series Presented a Free Evening Performance by Martha Graham Dance Company 

Evening to Honor Local Kent Resident, Halim El-Dabh Who Composed Music For Graham 

Kent State University and the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series presented The Martha Graham Dance Company on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The company, under the artistic direction of Janet Eilber, performed five pieces concluding with Act II of Graham’s only full-evening work Clytemnestra that was composed by Halim El-Dabh, Kent State’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music Emeritus Faculty.  Other pieces in the program included Lucifer (music composed by Halim El-Dabh), Diversion of Angels,  Lamentation Variation, Errand into the Maze, and act II of Clytemnestra (composed by Halim El-Dabh).  “Martha Graham was a visionary who worked with some of the most notable artists, composers and designers of the twentieth century,” said John R. Crawford-Spinelli, Dean of the College of the Arts. “Kent State presented the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1949 and 67 years later, we proudly welcome the company back to present a concert of modern dance master works and to honor musician and composer Halim El-Dabh.”