School of Theatre and Dance

Gregory King speaks at Dancing in Solidarity protest Assistant professor of Dance Gregory King recently organized "Dancing in Solidarity," a peaceful and socially distanced protest in downtown Kent supporting #BlackLivesMatter. The event was dedicated to the centering the voices of Black women, particularly Black trans women.  The joyful event, which took place in Dan Smith Community Park on July...

Gregory King speaks at Dancing in Solidarity protest In a video message to students, School of Theatre and Dance Director Eric van Baars provides an update on the upcoming Fall semester and the status of the 2020-2021 Mainstage production season.  Safety, flexibility, and innovation will drive the School of Theatre and Dance's Fall 2020 semester when school resumes in August. The School of Theatre...

Assistant professor Gregory King   "You must say something, and after that you must do something..." In an incredibly moving and important essay for ThINKingDANCE, assistant professor of dance Gregory King calls on us all to reject silence and inaction in the face of racial injustice. The piece, titled "The Deafening Silence of Dance Organizations," is a call to action for arts...

Porthouse Academy students Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Porthouse Theatre has decided to cancel all of its educational programs for the summer of 2020, including the High School Shadow Program, the Porthouse College Academy, and the Porthouse International Academy. Porthouse Theatre looks forward to resuming its education programs in the summer of 2021. For further...

Scenic Design class – 2020 Emmy nomination Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to announce that Assistant Professor of Scenic Design Tamara L. Honesty and seven students are nominated for a 2020 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy® Award for their design of set for the 2019 Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards...

May 4 Voices Radio Play In conjunction with Kent State University's 50th Anniversary Commemoration of May 4, the School of Theatre and Dance is proud to have multiple students, faculty, and alumni involved in the newly recorded version of David Hassler's play, "May 4th Voices." The play will be broadcast on several public radio stations across the United States beginning...

Johnson Hall, part of the Honors College Living-Learning Community According to an article posted on the Kent State University website in September 2019, 20 percent of Kent State’s freshman class of 2023 hails from 38 states other than Ohio, as well as from the District of Columbia. The Honors College also boasts considerable geographic diversity among its students—students in the Honors College class of 2023...

Johnson Hall, part of the Honors College Living-Learning Community Mathew Blasio, an Honors College junior musical theatre major with a dance minor from Cleveland, Ohio, completed an internship during the summer of 2019 with Woodstock Playhouse in Woodstock, New York. During the summer, he acted in four productions: “Mamma Mia!,” “Newsies,” “Hair,” and a version of...

Photo of the Kent State University arch on the Kent Campus For college students in many areas of study, an internship experience may be a requirement for graduation from their program or an otherwise necessary step to reach the next stage in their education and their eventual careers. Regardless of whether or not it is required, students in all majors can benefit from having a quality internship experience...

Aerial photo of Porthouse Theatre In accordance with the order of Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton, M.D. to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, Porthouse Theatre regretfully announces the cancellation of its 2020 season, scheduled for June 11 – August 9, 2020. As a result of this difficult decision, the productions of Little Shop of Horrors, BKLYN, and West...