School of Theatre and Dance

Michael Glavan School of Theatre alumnus Michael Glavan, a B.F.A. Musical Theatre graduate, recently served as the Associate Director for the new musical "Joey and Ron," which made its Off-Broadway at The Player's Theatre in New York. The musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Louie Pearlman and Joel Esher, features bubblegum pop songs of the 1960s and is the...

Associate professor Fabio Polanco A chapter by associate professor of theatre Fabio Polanco is included in the new book Objectives, Obstacles, and Tactics: Perspectives on Activating the Actor, edited by Valerie Clayman Pye and Hillary Haft Bucs. The book, published by Routledge, will be available in December 2019. Polanco's chapter, co-authored with Diane Bonfiglio, is entitled...

A computer rendering of the Liberty of Poetry statue (shown here) was used by Kent State University to create the 3D-printed reproduction of the statue. Tamara L. Honesty, School of Theatre and Dance assistant professor of scenic design, and several students took part in a collaboration between Kent State University and the Opera di Santa Croce in Florence, Italy to create “Sisters in Liberty: From Florence, Italy, to New York, New York,”  on display at the Ellis Island National Museum of...

Aerial view of Porthouse Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will present its 52nd season during the summer of 2020 with "Little Shop of Horrors," "BKLYN the Musical," and "West Side Story." Directed by Porthouse producing artistic director Terri Kent, "Little Shop of...

School of Theatre and Dance

Brian Michael Smith; Photo by Ben Esner Kent State University alumni Brian Michael Smith, a 2005 graduate with a B.S. in T.V. and Film Programming and a Minor in Theatre, is making television history as the first black transgender man to be featured as a series regular in a broadcast network show.  This week, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Smith will join the cast of Fox's 911:...

Lighting Design Student Works in Stump Theatre The School of Theatre and Dance’s Design, Technology, and Production program has been selected by On Stage Blog as one of the top 30 programs for the 2019-2020 academic year. In our ranking, On Stage highlights faculty member Jakyung Seo, associate professor of lighting design, whose credits include Steppenwolf and Congo Square Theatre...

Lighting Design Student Works in Stump Theatre The School of Theatre and Dance's Latin/x in Theatre student organization will present a staged reading of María Irene Fornés' "Manual for a Desperate Crossing" as part Celebrando Fornés, an initiative honoring the work of the noted late Cuban American playwright. The reading will take place on Sat., Oct. 5 at 2:00 p.m. in Erdmann-Zucchero...

Kerry Jo Bauer working on The Dark Crystal The work of a School of Theatre and Dance faculty member at Kent State University is featured in a new Hollywood blockbuster. Assistant Professor of Costume Technology Kerry Jo Bauer served as a costumer for Netflix and the Jim Henson Company’s “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” which premiered this month exclusively on Netflix.  ...

Kerry Jo Bauer working on The Dark Crystal Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance announces the world premiere of the ballet "Cohen" as part of Dance '19: Dynamic Fusion, running Nov. 22-24, 2019.  Directed by associate professor Jeffrey Marc Rockland, "Cohen" is a ballet tribute to the late Leonard Cohen featuring Canadian folk singer Batsheva in an arrangement by legendary...

Yoshito Sakuraba The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome guest artist Yoshito Sakuraba to Kent State for a residency Sept. 19-23, 2019. During his residency, Sakuraba will set a piece on members of the Kent Dance Ensemble which will then be performed at KDE's annual concert in April. He is founding artistic director of...