School of Theatre and Dance

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...

Roe Green Center In response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s proactive approach to keeping our state safe during the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Kent State University has suspended all in-person classes and university sponsored events, both on-campus and off-campus, through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Consequently, all scheduled School of...

The Ailey School will offer an audition for their summer intensive. The Ailey School, the educational component of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will be at Kent State on Sat., March 14 to audition students for the Ailey School's summer intensive program. Lakey Evans-Pena, Horton faculty and Ailey/Fordham Student Dancers' Rehearsal Director, will visit the School of Theatre and Dance to run the...

MamLuft piece – Decent Dissent Kent, OH – Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance will welcome MamLuft&Co. Dance for the premiere of a new dance theatre work Decent Dissent, created in conjunction with the 50th Commemoration of May 4.  The Kent State performance of Decent Dissent will take place on Mon., April 6, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in E. Turner Stump...

Photo from Parade The School of Theatre and Dance's 2019-2020 season, designed to coincide with Kent State University's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of May 4, continues with a production of the Tony Award-winning musical Parade. Directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco, Parade is centered on the 1913 Atlanta murder of Mary Phagan and the conviction,...

Kimberly Karpanty and Samuel McIntosh Congratulations to professor of Dance Kimberly Karpanty and adjunct dance faculty member Samuel McIntosh on receiving Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council. Both Karpanty and McIntosh will use their $5,000 grants to produce new works of choreography in the coming year. Karpanty and McIntosh's grants are part of $375,000 in grant...

Yuko Kurahashi School of Theatre and Dance professor Yuko Kurahashi, Ph.D. is the author of a new book on the world renown theatre artist Ping Chong. The Interdisciplinary Theatre of PING CHONG: Exploring Curiosity and Otherness on Stage, available now from McFarland Publishing, is the first-ever biography exploring the life of avant-garde artist and...