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The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues its 2017-2018 season with the Kent Dance Ensemble’s annual concert Prime, running Fri., April 6 through Sun., April 8 in E. Turner Stump Theatre. 

New funding will support student research and curriculum expansion efforts in Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Kent State University professor, Dr. Robin Vande Zande, has received three awards this year from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for outstanding achievement in the field of art and design education.  She has been recognized as the 2018 National Higher Education Art Educator and the 2018 Western Region Higher Education Art Educator in addition to being inducted as a NAEA Distinguished National Fellow.

The School of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to announce that members of the Kent Dance Ensemble will perform at the American College Dance Association's National College Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in June. 

Six Kent State School of Theatre and Dance students were honored for their work at the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference Convention held March 7-11, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. The conference, at which Kent State students regularly compete, is one of the largest gatherings of theatre professionals in the United States.

The details are stunning. The size - mammoth. The temperature - frigid. They are some of the most awe-inspiring creations made out of mother nature’s most exquisite winter ingredients: snow and ice.

Equally impressive are the artists, architects and engineers who take that snow and ice and design and build structures for the “Extraordinary ICE Building Design Competition” organized by Harbin Institute of Technology in China and Working Group 21 of International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures.

Jonas Sebura began as Assistant Professor at the School of Art in 2016 in the sculpture area and students have been benefiting from his contemporary view of art making in a revamping of courses within the discipline.  Sebura brings an expertise in the “expanded media” aspect of sculpture to Kent State, teaching courses that focus on time-based, socially engaged and site-specific artworks.  His own work touches on themes of religion/belief systems, skateboarding culture and male relationships, often collaborating with his good friend and fellow artist, Alex Gartelmann. Learn more in this Q&A.

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, welcomed guest artists Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag of EVIDENCE, A Dance Company March 5 - 10, 2018. Brown is the founder and artistic director of EVIDENCE. Cabuag is the associate artistic director of EVIDENCE. During their residency, Brown and Cabuag will set Ronald K. Brown's Gatekeepers (1999) on the dancers of the ensemble. The Kent Dance Ensemble will perform Gatekeepers during the Kent Dance Ensemble: Prime concert April 6 - 8.

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance will continue its 2017-2018 production season with the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival: Roots to Wings, March 16-18 in Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre. 

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, welcomed guest artist Silvana Cardell February 15 - 19, 2018. During her residency, Cardell restaged excerpts from her award winning "Supper! People on the Move!" The Kent Dance Ensemble will perform the restaged piece during the Kent Dance Ensemble: Prime concert in April.