Kent, OH – School of Theatre and Dance alumnus Dylan Ratell made his Broadway debut June 1 in "Chicago" at New York's Ambassador Theatre. Ratell, a 2014 graduate of Kent State's musical theatre program, portrayed Mary Sunshine in the national tour of the production this spring. Following his Broadway debut, Ratell joined the production's international tour in Seoul, South Korea. A native of Bay City, Michigan, Ratell began his performance career at Kent State when he played Mary Sunshine in Porthouse Theatre's production of "Chicago" in 2011.
Students from the School of Theatre and Dance, the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, School of Art and the College of Communication and Information studied abroad in London in March 2015. During the week-long trip, students learned about London's various arts and theatre offerings. They visited theatres, museums, galleries, and other important English landmarks and locations. Prior to the trip, students took a class in the School of Theatre and Dance on English history, literature, culture, politics, theatre, art and fashion.
Kent State University's Gianna Commito, an associate professor who teaches painting in its School of Art, has been named the recipient of a 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize. Commito will be presented with one of two Emerging Artist Awards at this year’s ceremony, to be held at the Cleveland Museum of Art at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. The award carries a cash prize of $10,000.
Associate Professor Gianna Commito, who teaches painting at the Kent State University School of Art, has been named the recipient of a 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize. Commito will be presented with one of two Emerging Artist Awards at this year’s ceremony, to be held at the Cleveland Museum of Art at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. The award carries a cash prize of $10,000.
The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University held its Annual Fashion Show on April 24 and 25 at the school’s Rockwell Hall location. The 2015 show, dubbed “FS2: Visionnaire,” featured 17 collections and 55 individual looks created by 58 student designers. That sizable body of work spanned eveningwear, casualwear and sportswear, with a special category for sustainable production. There also were menswear, childrenswear and juniors collections.
From May 26 to July 4, the Kent State University School of Art’s Downtown Gallery (141 E. Main St., Kent, Ohio) will feature “Reframing the Real Good Looking Boy,” with photographs by Albert Reischuck, a faculty member in art history. The exhibit, subtitled “Images on Raising an Autistic Child,” is free and open to the public.
47th season features productions of “A Little Night Music,” “Violet” and “Hairspray”
Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will celebrate its 47th season with productions of “A Little Night Music,” “Violet” and “Hairspray.”
On Thursday, April 30, the School of Art recognized spring 2015 scholarship recipients at the Annual Student Awards Ceremony, held this year in the School of Art Gallery. Also acknowledged were prize winners in the Spring Foundations Show (on display in the gallery) and seniors and grad students graduating in spring or summer 2015.