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School of Theatre and Dance

A multi-generational and interactive arts festival featuring over 33 activities, live entertainment and food trucks.


Assistant professor of dance Gregory King is commissioned to set original work on the dancers of Georgian Court University in February.

Kent, OH – Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance continues its 2018-2019 production season with the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival: “(Re) Imagine, (Re) Create, (Re) Make.” The concert will be presented in the Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242. The concert series runs Fri., March 15 and Sat., March 16 at 7:30 pm and Sun., March 17 at 2:00 pm. 

Porthouse Theatre is thrilled to be the recipient of multiple honors for achievements during the 2018 Season.

This year, Porthouse Theatre was recognized with awards in multiple categories by Cleveland SCENE magazine, the Cleveland Jewish News, and the Cleveland Critics Circle.

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 students. Students can expect to participate in ballet, contemporary, musical theatre dance, dance and conditioning, and dance technology courses. 

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome guest artist Shaness Kemp.

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.

Chris 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. 


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 School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues its 2018-2019 season with "Dance '18: TranscenDance." The concert is artistic directed by associate professor Jeffrey Marc Rockland and runs Fri., Nov. 30 through Sun., December 2 in E. Turner Stump Theatre.