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School of Theatre and Dance Featured in AroundKent Magazine

The School of Theatre and Dance is featured in the current issue of aroundKent Magazine, a publication showcasing stories about the surrounding Kent, OH area.

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Alumna Wins Advocacy Awward

School of Theatre and Dance alumna Tracee Patterson was recognized this past Sept. with the Ambassador Tony P. Hall Student Advocacy Award for the service learning element she implemented in her Art of Theatre course in the fall of 2013.

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Tony Award Winner Garth FAgan to Visit

Tony Award winning choreographer and dancer Garth Fagan is set to visit the School of Theatre and Dance the week of Oct. 13 to work with members of the Kent Dance Ensemble on a piece to be performed during the November Dance '14 concert and the April Kent Dance Ensemble concert. Fagan is the 2014-2015 Armstrong Family Visiting Artist.

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SChool of Theatre and Dance Presents "Hot Mikado"

The School of Theatre and Dance continues its 2014-2015 season with the musical "Hot Mikado," based on Gilbert and Sullivan's classic masterpiece "The Mikado." The production is directed by assistant professor Amy Fritsche and runs Oct. 24 - Nov. 2 in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Dr., Kent, OH 44242.

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School of Theatre and Dance Presents "You Can't Take It With You"

The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University begins it 2014-2015 season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “You Can’t Take It With You.” As part of the school’s annual Roe Green Director Series, the School welcomes guest director Kathleen Conlin. The production runs Fri., Oct. 3 and runs through Sun., Oct. 12 in Wright-Curtis Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

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Noted Choreographer and ScHolar Kariamu Welsh To Visit

Noted choreographer and scholar Dr. Kariamu Welsh is slated to visit on Friday, September 26 to present a lecture and workshop on African Dance. Her lecture, titled "African Dance in America: Protest, Identity and Continuity," will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in D022 in the Center for the Performing Arts. Her workshop, "Let the Circle be Unbroken: African Dance and the Umfundalai Technique," will take place from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in dance studio D123 in the Center for the Performing Arts.

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School Of Theatre and Dance Announces 2014-2015 Season

In August 2014, the School of Theatre and Dance announced it 2014-2015 season. The season includes a collaboration with The Musical Theatre Project, the 12th annual Roe Green Visiting Director Series, the premiere of new musical My Heart is the Drum, and the 25th Anniversary of the Kent Dance Ensemble.

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Transforum Theatre Performs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

In August 2014, members of student organization Transforum Theatre and assistant professor Amy Fritsche travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform an original work, "A Collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales," at the world's largest arts festival.

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2014 Showcase Students Featured in Akron Beacon Journal

In advance of their performances in New York City, several participants in the 2014 Musical Theatre Showcase were featured in the Akron Beacon Journal. Journalist Kerry Clawson travelled to New York City with the students.

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School of Theatre and Dance Celebrates 100 Years

In October 2013, the School of Theatre and Dance celebrated 100 years of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University.

Explore Theatre and Dance's History

Alumna Alice Ripley Featured on

School of Theatre and Dance alumna Alice Ripley, who won a Tony Award for her performance in 2011's Next to Normal, was recently featured on In the interview, Ripley shared secrets of success and briefly discussed her time at Kent State.

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Lighting Design Students Win at 2013 SETC Convention

At the 2013 Southeastern Theatre Conference's Design Competition, undergraduate lighting design students Carly Shiner and Margaret Peebles took home top honors. Shiner was awarded First Place for her design of The Rocky Horror Show, performed in October 2012 in E. Turner Stump Theatre. Peebles was awarded Third Place for her design of Big Love, performed in October 2012 in Wright-Curtis Theatre.


Design and Technology Students Are Design Contest Finalists

A team of Design and Technology students have been chosen as finalists in the contest to design the United States exhibition at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design.

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Student Featured in Cleveland Plain Dealer

Graduate student Darryl Lewis was recently featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. In the article, he talks about how multiple talents are valuable in the performing arts.

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Alumni Return to Give Advice to Students

School of Theatre and Dance alumni John Moauro (Broadway's Hair) and Laura Beth Wells (Broadway's Spider Man: Turn Off the Darkvisited Kent State and held several sessions with students, giving advice on careers in the performing arts.

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Theatre Students Win at 2012 SETC Convention

Third year MFA student Connie Hecker received Second Place for her set design of Ragtime, performed on campus in February 2012 in Stump Theatre. James Koehnle, also a third year MFA student, received Honorable Mention for his set design of The Crucible performed in the Fall 2011 on the Wright Curtis stage.

The two graduate students were excited to have their work judged by a panel of renowned Broadway Designers. The primary judge for Scenic Design was the Oscar, Tony and Emmy award winning Director and Designer Tony Walton. Walton’s 16 Tony nominations for Broadway sets and/or costume design include Pippin, House of Blue Leaves and Guys and Dolls. Joining him as judge was Richard Pilbrow, lighting and theatre design consultant responsible for over 1,200 projects in over 70 countries including Kodiak Theatre in LA and the New Amsterdam Theatre in NYC. Costume designer Jennifer Caprio completed the panel of distinguished judges. Caprio is known for her work both on and off Broadway including the costumes for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

“It was so wonderful to have two of our Scene Design MFAs place in this important competition!” stated their advisor Kent State University Prof. Raynette Halvorsen Smith. The timing of the award receipt was perfect given both students are graduating this May.

New Roe Green Center Makes Official Debut

The new Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance officially opened on November 6, 2010. The facility was made possible by a $6.8 million donation from the Roe Green Foundation. 

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