The primary objectives of the School are to:
- Create an academic environment that promotes the intellectual and professional development of students and faculty;
- Develop and advance scholarly activity and creative activity, graduate education, and undergraduate education commensurate with the goals and mission of Kent State University;
- Provide programs for all students that meet the educational, artistic, and technological demands of the disciplines represented in the School;
- Offer courses in theatre, dance, and professional fields which provide the base for the career goals of students and faculty; and
- Provide the public with service commensurate with the goals and mission of Kent State University.
Implicit in these objectives is our responsibility as teachers, which includes but is not limited to educating undergraduate and graduate students and providing continuing education while promoting and clarifying the role and philosophy of education in theatre and dance.
A strong commitment to research and creative activity encompasses creating and maintaining an intellectual environment which allows us to advance knowledge, develop art and continue service to the public.
The School of Theatre and Dance values service to the University and to the general public. Our service should reflect the role of the University in the local community, in the State of Ohio, and in the nation.
The School of Theatre and Dance provides students with liberal and professional education and prepares them for careers in the performing arts as artists, scholars, and educators. The School of Theatre and Dance production season serves as the primary laboratory for the development of student artistic expression and technique. As part of performing arts, theatre and dance reflect and communicate cultural values and identities intrinsic to human existence. As such, the study of theatre and dance is central to the humanities curriculum.