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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.

School of Theatre and Dance assistant professor Gregory King has been selected for the San Francisco Public Library's SHOW US YOUR SPINES residency. The 1-month residency program provides an opportunity for Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) writers to work with the Hormel Center LGBT archives around a specific queer theme and then write/produce a piece to be be read/presented the following month at the Hormel Center.

The School of Theatre and Dance’s BFA Design, Technology, and Production program has been selected by On Stage Blog as one of the top 25 programs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Associate professor of Theatre Fabio Polanco is set to perform in Cleveland Musical Theatre's (CMT) world premiere production of "Jane Eyre," Aug. 31 – Sept. 9 at  Tri-C East's Simon Rose Mandel Theatre. Polanco, a member of Actors' Equity Association, portrays Richard Mason.

Multiple School of Art faculty and alumni were invited to participate in the exhibition “Full Fathom Five” organized by the Progressive Art Collection.  “Full Fathom Five” is a peer-selected invitational exhibition of 30 artists working in Northeast Ohio whose artworks collectively demonstrate the depth of studio strategies at work in our coastal region.  Three School of Art alumni, including Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson, David King and Eli Gfell, are featured as well as five faculty:

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