College of the Arts

Photo from Parade The School of Theatre and Dance's 2019-2020 season, designed to coincide with Kent State University's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of May 4, continues with a production of the Tony Award-winning musical Parade. Directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco, Parade is centered on the 1913 Atlanta murder of Mary Phagan and the conviction,...

Kimberly Karpanty and Samuel McIntosh Congratulations to professor of Dance Kimberly Karpanty and adjunct dance faculty member Samuel McIntosh on receiving Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council. Both Karpanty and McIntosh will use their $5,000 grants to produce new works of choreography in the coming year. Karpanty and McIntosh's grants are part of $375,000 in grant...

Yuko Kurahashi School of Theatre and Dance professor Yuko Kurahashi, Ph.D. is the author of a new book on the world renown theatre artist Ping Chong. The Interdisciplinary Theatre of PING CHONG: Exploring Curiosity and Otherness on Stage, available now from McFarland Publishing, is the first-ever biography exploring the life of avant-garde artist and...

Patrick Ulrich Congratulations to School of Theatre and Dance alumnus Patrick Ulrich, a 2019 MFA scenic design graduate, who was recognized as one of "6 Theatre Workers You Should Know" in the January 2020 issue of American Theatre Magazine.  His scenic designs have appeared at theatres across the United States, including at Ozark Actors Theatre, Wharton Center...

Assistant professor Gregory King   "Cut Me a Check," a new work by assistant professor of Dance Gregory King, will premiere Friday, Jan. 24 at Cleveland's Zygote Press as part of a live art installation exhibition, Past Due, curated by former adjunct dance faculty member Megan Young. The exhibition runs Jan. 24 through Feb. 14, with an opening night reception on Jan. 24 from 6 -...

Kent State University Fashion School student wins the top award at the 2020 Fashion Scholarship Fund Gala in New York City. The Fashion Scholarship Fund’s (FSF) 83rd annual gala was held Jan. 7 at the New York Hilton in Manhattan and revealed the next generation of young talent in the fashion industry. Tyshaia Earnest, a senior at Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, emerged as the standout of the evening and was awarded the...

Ray Mercer The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome guest artist Ray Mercer to Kent State for a residency Feb. 6-9, 2020. During his residency, Mercer will set a piece on members of the Kent Dance Ensemble which will then be performed at KDE's annual concert in April. Ray Mercer, a native of Omaha, NE, is in his...

Fabio Polanco as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha The School of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce that Porthouse Theatre was recognized by the Cleveland Critics Circle Awards in multiple categories for the 2019 Season. Congratulations to associate professor Fabio Polanco who was recognized as Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La...

Fabio Polanco as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha Porthouse Theatre is thrilled to be recognized by the Cleveland Critics Circle for achievements during the 2019 season. Fabio Polanco, Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha Martín Céspedes, Best Choreographer for Man of La Mancha Terri Kent, Honorable Mention for her direction of Man...

Gregory King    Assistant professor of dance Gregory King will present research titled "Tenure and Race: Faculty of Color Navigating Higher Ed" at three conferences in the Spring of 2020. King will present at Moving Forward: The 2020 American Dance Platform Symposium presented by The Joyce Theater in New York and sponsored by NYU/Tisch and NYU/Education. The...