College of the Arts

Under the leadership of new Director of Orchestra, Dr. Jungho Kim, the Kent State University Orchestra will present its 2017-2018 Subscription Series featuring hallmarks of the orchestral repertoire and a few fun surprises. Hugh A. Glauser School of Music faculty and students along with members of The Cleveland Orchestra will join the orchestra as soloists. Subscriptions for the 5-concert series are available starting Mon., Sept. 11 through Sun., Oct. 1, 2017 for $50 – a savings of 33% over single tickets!

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University will launch "Everyone's Story Matters": A Kent State StoryCorps Project on Mon., Sept. 11 to coincide with the upcoming production of Lynn Nottage's Intimate Apparel

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University opens its 2017-2018 season with Lynn Nottage's acclaimed play "Intimate Apparel." The production is directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco and runs Fri., Oct. 6 through Sun., Oct. 15 in Wright-Curtis Theatre, located in the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

Kent State University’s College of the Arts in conjunction with the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series presents Tony and Emmy Award-winning costume designer and Akron native Paul Tazewell. Tazewell will speak at Kent State on Monday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in the E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent, Ohio. Free parking is available. A complimentary dessert reception will immediately follow the talk. The event is free and open to everyone.

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will perform "Strange Invisible Perfume" at Playhouse Square's 17th annual Dance Showcase on Friday, September 8. The piece, choreographed by King, was performed in March at the School of Theatre and Dance's 2017 B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert. 

Kent, Ohio – Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music is proud to announce that Jane Dressler will serve as the Interim Director for the 2017-18 academic year. Prior to assuming the Interim Director position, she has served on the voice faculty at Kent State University for 30 years.

An article by assistant professor of dance Gregory King was recently selected to be included in a new resource guide, Art Became the Oxygen: A Guide to Artistic Response, published by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University announces its 2017-2018 season, featuring works with strong female protagonists, exceptional original choreography and outstanding designs and performances.

The 2017-2018 season opens Oct. 6-15, 2017 with Lynn Nottage’s acclaimed “Intimate Apparel.” Directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco, “Intimate Apparel” is a story of love, loss, and social power in 1905 New York where African-American seamstress Esther sews her dreams and struggles into every corset she creates.

Kent, OH – Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University's summer professional theatre, was awarded a $23,615 sustainability grant by the Ohio Arts Council during the body's summer board meeting on July 19.

The grant helps Porthouse Theatre provide high quality theatre and arts education to the Northeast Ohio community. Specifically, the grant allows Porthouse to continue offering its academies for high school, college, and international students as well as community nights that provide free tickets to patrons that otherwise would not be able to attend the theatre.

Bill Auld, associate professor of Theatre at Kent State Tuscarawas, leant his flying skills to MTV's "My Super Sweet 16" this past spring to help twin recording artists SiAngie make an epic entrance to their 16th birthday party.

Auld flew to Philadelphia where he was responsible for flying the twin sisters in on two LED-lit "clouds" as they made their entrance into their lavish Sweet 16 party. The party was documented as part of MTV's hit show "My Super Sweet 16," which showcases ultra-lavish 16th birthday parties.