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Dr. Joseph Underwood, Assistant Professor of Art History, has curated an exhibition called The View From Here: Contemporary Perspectives From Senegal, which is traveling to multiple locations in the U.S. after its debut in Dakar in May.  Featuring work created since 2010, this exhibition offers a wide panorama of art practice from the perspective of artists—individuals who uncover aspects of their own identity as they reflect on contemporary life in Senegal. Three art history students, Abby Hermosilla, Rachel Lieberman and Brooke Pandrea, assisted Underwood with curatorial work including writing and research. The exhibition will travel to Kent State in January 2019.

Current graduate student in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling, Erica Hoosic was awarded the Juror's Choice Award in Ethical Metalsmiths Students’ "So Fresh + So Clean" online exhibition. Two alumni, Felicia Severn (BFA ’17) and Amanda Stumpf (BFA ’16), were also included in the exhibition.

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome guest artists Christopher Huggins and Daniel Harder Sep. 30 - Oct. 7. 

The School of Theatre and Dance is proud to congratulate senior B.F.A. Musical Theatre student Chantrell Lewis on receiving the Kent State University Alumni Association's 2018 Golden Flash Award. 

The School of Theatre and Dance’s BFA Musical Theatre program has been selected by On Stage Blog as one of the top 25 programs for the 2018-2019 academic year. In our ranking at #18, On Stage highlights Kent State's multi-faceted program which focuses on developing students' skills in music, theatre, and dance.

Professor Kimberly Karpanty's professional dance company Travesty Dance Group will perform at Playhouse Square's Dance Showcase on Friday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. This annual performance, now in its 18th year, showcases Northeast Ohio's finest dance companies in a vast array of dance styles. 

Travesty Dance Group will perform “the tongue of the wise,” with choreography and original score by Karpanty. The piece features performances by adjunct faculty member Tanya Mucci, Stephanie Harris, and School of Theatre and Dance director and associate professor Eric van Baars. 

Congratulations to assistant professor of dance and Kent Dance Ensemble artistic director Gregory King who has been recognized by Kent State's University College and Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with the 2018 Creative Contribution Award.

The Outstanding Creative Contribution Award is given annually and recognizes an individual/organization that has developed unique programs to enhance the recruitment, retention and success of underrepresented/underserved populations university-wide.

Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance professor Tamara L. Honesty is helping bring one of Major League Baseball's most notable controversies to life in the Human Race Theatre Company's world premiere production of "Banned from Baseball."

2018 B.F.A. Musical Theatre graduate Matti-Lynn Chrisman was crowned Miss Ohio in June and will compete for the title of Miss America on Sunday, September 9 in Atlantic City.