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Travesty Dance Group, under the direction of professor Kimberly Karpanty, and Antaeus Dance, under the direction of assistant professor Joan Meggitt, will present an evening of engaging and evocative dance, theatre, film and music during the opening weekend of Cleveland Public Theatre's 2017 DanceWorks series.

Choreographed by Karpanty and Meggitt, "Taking the Fall" is an evening-length collection of original work that explores resilience, sacrifice and acceptance and pays homage to those who keep us safe, demand our honesty and serve as models for integrity and right action.

Kent, OH – A group of undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Theatre and Dance’s scenery design course have been invited to design and build the set for the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Emmy Award ceremony taking place June 17 at the Cleveland Hilton.

School of Theatre and Dance alumna and "fairy godmother" Roe Green received the Theatre Forward Leadership Award on April 3 in New York at the organization's annual Chairman's Awards Gala. 

The Gala supports Theatre Forward's philanthropic mission to advance American theaters and communities through various initiatives.

Roe Green is an arts patron and activist and Kent State alumna.

The public lecture by Don Witkowski — slated for noon on Friday, April 28, at the Kent State University Fashion School — has been canceled due to scheduling conflicts. Don Witkowski, president of men’s at Michael Kors and a Kent State alumnus, is this year’s inductee into the Fashion School Hall of Fame. Witkowski will still attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, taking place the evening of Saturday, April 29, as part of the Annual Fashion Show, FS2 Presented by Michael Kors.

Broadway performer and former Radio City Rockette Nikki Long will visit the School of Theatre and Dance on April 28 and 29 to present a series of master classes and workshops. In addition to her time as a Rockette, Ms. Long was an original cast member and dance captain for the Broadway production of Disney's Aladdin, a cast member of the Broadway production and the national tour of The Lion King, and the national tour of Spamalot.

While at Kent State, Ms. Long will present:

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues its 2016-2017 season with William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. The production is directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco and runs Fri., April 21 through Sun., April 30 in Wright-Curtis Theatre, located in the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

The fourth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium held on March 21, 2017 at Kent State University and boasted the largest turnout yet, with nearly 250 students presenting their work.  The School of Art is proud to announce that Mycala Nichols, senior B.F.A. student in the Jewelry/Metals/Enameling program, received a first place award and a $200 cash prize for her presentation and research on 3D printing in the Art and Fashion category.

UPDATE 4/26/17 - The public lecture by Don Witkowski that was scheduled for April 28 at noon has been canceled. Read more here.

Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising has named Don Witkowski, a Kent State alumnus and president of Men’s at Michael Kors, as its 2017 Hall of Fame inductee. Previous inductees include Estée Lauder, Elsa Klensch, Allen Questrom, Michael Weiss, Ralph Rucci, Oscar de la Renta, Leonardo Ferragamo, Dana Buchman and Josie Natori.

UPDATE 4/26/17 - The public lecture by Don Witkowski that was scheduled for April 28 at noon has been canceled. Read more here.

Kent, OH – Twelve senior musical theatre students students from Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance will perform in New York on March 28, 2017 for industry professionals. The annual Musical Theatre Showcase allows graduating students planning on moving to New York City after commencement the opportunity to perform for prospective managers, agents and casting directors.

This year, the School of Theatre and Dance is partnering with UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television for Showcase, with each school presenting separate programs.