College of the Arts

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University announces its 2017-2018 season, featuring works with strong female protagonists, exceptional original choreography and outstanding designs and performances.

The 2017-2018 season opens Oct. 6-15, 2017 with Lynn Nottage’s acclaimed “Intimate Apparel.” Directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco, “Intimate Apparel” is a story of love, loss, and social power in 1905 New York where African-American seamstress Esther sews her dreams and struggles into every corset she creates.

Kent, OH – Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University's summer professional theatre, was awarded a $23,615 sustainability grant by the Ohio Arts Council during the body's summer board meeting on July 19.

The grant helps Porthouse Theatre provide high quality theatre and arts education to the Northeast Ohio community. Specifically, the grant allows Porthouse to continue offering its academies for high school, college, and international students as well as community nights that provide free tickets to patrons that otherwise would not be able to attend the theatre.

Bill Auld, associate professor of Theatre at Kent State Tuscarawas, leant his flying skills to MTV's "My Super Sweet 16" this past spring to help twin recording artists SiAngie make an epic entrance to their 16th birthday party.

Auld flew to Philadelphia where he was responsible for flying the twin sisters in on two LED-lit "clouds" as they made their entrance into their lavish Sweet 16 party. The party was documented as part of MTV's hit show "My Super Sweet 16," which showcases ultra-lavish 16th birthday parties.

Assistant professor of Dance Gregory King and adjunct Dance faculty member Megan Young have collaborated on a new work entitled "Cloud of Whiteness," an interactive sculpture, environment and performance piece that explores racism and resistance in our current political climate. 

Matt Janke takes FOX 5 in Atlanta on a tour of his glassblowing studio.

Marie Bukowski, Director of the School of ArtThe School of Art at Kent State University is proud to announce the hire of new Director, Marie Bukowski.  Bukowski comes to Kent State from the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she served as Director for four years.

The Kent State art community comes together to create an exhibit and silent auction to support Planned Parenthood.

Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance Professor Tamara L. Honesty helped to bring a beloved 1980s television series to the stage in the world premiere production of Family Ties.

On a morning in early June, the Costume Shop at Kent State University’s Center for the Performing Arts was filled with sounds—sewing machines buzzing, radio blasting, women chattering and laughing.

With less than a week to go before Kent State’s Porthouse Theatre opened its 49th season with the musical “9 to 5”—based on the hit 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda—members of the costume crew were working way more hours than 9 to 5 to meet their deadline.

What’s it really like to build costumes from scratch for a mainstage musical?  The sights and sounds of Kent State University’s Costume Shop are as much of a production as the show itself.

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