College of the Arts

School of Theatre and Dance

Dance students perform in concert Each semester, the School of Theatre and Dance hosts Dance @ Kent, a day for prospective students to learn more about Kent State's dance program. Open to high school students, Dance @ Kent participants spend the day taking college level dance classes, learning about auditioning for a college dance program, and interacting with faculty and current...

Shaness Kemp The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome guest artist Shaness Kemp to Kent State for a residency Jan. 30 – Feb. 4, 2019. During her residency, Kemp will set a piece on members of the Kent Dance Ensemble which will then be performed at KDE's annual concert in April. Shaness Kemp is a native of Nassau,...

The Mystery of Edwin Drood Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues its 2018-2019 season with "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." The musical, based on Charles Dickens' unfinished murder mystery, is directed and choreographed by associate professor Amy Fritsche and runs Feb. 22 through March 3 in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the...

Students finalizing a garment on a model in the Fashion School TechStyleLAB The popular fashion-news site Fashionista has once again ranked Kent State University's School of Fashion Design and Merchandising as one of the top fashion schools in the world, according to its recently published 2018 rankings. Fashionista ranks Kent State's Fashion School as No. 15 in the world internationally, jumping up an impressive 10...

Sarah Kronz - Scholarship winners spring 2019.  Student painting. The School of Art is pleased to announce the scholarship winners for the spring 2019 cycle.  Students are chosen for scholarships based on portfolios, written essays, GPA and financial need, depending on the individual scholarship specifications. The fall 2019 scholarship applications will open on January 18, 2019 with a deadline of March 8,...

Dance students with guest artists from Ballet HispanicoChris Bloom and Elia Vallis from Ballet Hispanico recently visited the School of Theatre and Dance to present a Master Class with students. The guest artists led a class in contemporary ballet including rep from Ballet Hispanico's performance at Playhouse Square which took place the same weekend.   

Kimberly Karpanty, Joan Meggitt, and their film alter idem Professor of dance Kimberly Karpanty and associate professor of dance Joan Meggitt recently screened their film, alter idem, at the Phoenix Dance Film Festival in Phoenix, Arizona.  The film was chosen for eleven juried screenings at festivals in Germany, Portugal, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Sweden, China, and the United States....

Kent Stark Fine Arts Building - Art Gallery The Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) named the Kent State University Stark Campus as one of the Distinguished Buisinesses/Organizations for Art Education in 2018.  The award was presented to Professor Jack McWhorter, who teaches painting and drawing at the Stark campus, at the OAEA conference on November 9,...

Bethany Westphal is a Kent State student passionate about the arts As a passionate student of the arts, Bethany Westphal felt the need to share her love with others, specifically younger children, and help them avoid some of the negative experiences she had with music teachers growing up. She recently opened Rising Star Center for the Arts in downtown Akron, where she hopes to “create a positive, fun, and...

Guest Post with Shana Klein - Valerie Hegarty, Still Life with Watermelon, Peaches and Crows, 2013 Assistant professor in art history, Shana Klein focuses on American art and also researches representations of food and social politics in art.  Recently, she spoke at a symposium about a paper she wrote about race and violence in representations of watermelon.  See what she has to say about the subject below.  ...