School of Theatre and Dance

Porthouse Theatre Announces 2017 Season Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will celebrate its 49th season with productions of “9 to 5,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” and “Newsies.” Directed by Porthouse producing artistic director Terri Kent, “9 to 5” opens June 16 and runs...

Marc Blitzstein and Original 1937 Cast of The Cradle Will Rock (The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music) Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University opens its 2016-2017 season with a concert version of “The Cradle Will Rock,” the legendary 1937 play in music by Marc Bltizstein. The production is a collaboration with The Musical Theater Project and will be performed Sun., Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. in E. Turner Stump Theatre,...

New Theatre and Dance Faculty The School of Theatre and Dance is pleased to welcome three new faculty members to its faculty, filling positions in Costume Technology, Scenic Design, and Dance. Kerry Jo Bauer joins the faculty as Assistant Professor of Costume Technology. Previously, Bauer was an adjunct faculty member with the School of Theatre and Dance as well as the...

New Theatre and Dance Faculty Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance is pleased to welcome Gregory King to the faculty as Assistant Professor of Dance beginning in Fall 2016. A professional dancer, choreographer, educator and writer, King brings a prestigious record of training, performance and choreography to Kent State. King began his dance training at the Washington...

New Theatre and Dance Faculty Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance is pleased to welcome Tamara Honesty to the faculty as Assistant Professor of Scenic Design beginning in the Fall of 2016.  A native Ohioan, Honesty holds a B.A. in Theatre from Wilmington College and an M.F.A. in Scenic Design from West Virginia University. Honesty joins Kent State after two years as...

New Theatre and Dance Faculty Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance is pleased to welcome Kerry Jo Bauer to the faculty as Assistant Professor of Costume Technology beginning in Fall 2016. Previously, Bauer was an adjunct faculty member with the School of Theatre and Dance as well as the school's cutter and draper. Bauer will also serve as an assistant professor in Kent...

Jeanne Mam-Lufte Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance welcomes MamLuft&Co to Kent State Sept. 9-12. The dance company, founded by Cincinnati-based dancer Jeanne Mam-Luft, is the 2016-2017 Armstrong Family Visiting Artist and will set a piece of choreogrpahy on the Kent Dance Ensemble as well as teach a master class with dance students.  Jeanne Sopanha...

Irena Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues its 2016-2017 season with “Irena’s Vow,” a drama by Dan Gordon that is based on the life of Irena Gut Opdyke. The production runs Fri., Oct. 14 through Sun., Oct. 23 in Wright-Curtis Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent,...

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University announces its 2016-2017 season, including a play based on a true story of remarkable courage, Shakespeare and Sondheim classics, and concerts highlighting faculty and student choreography. The 2016-2017 season opens Sept. 25, 2016 with a special one-day-only concert presentation...

School of Theatre and Dance

Jess Tanner (left) and Amy Fritsche (right) perform in "Best Intentions," directed by Courtney Brown, in the UK (Photo by Shark Eat Muffin Theatre Company) Two Kent State School of Theatre and Dance faculty members and one graduate assistant represented Kent State on the global stage this August. Assistant Professor Amy Fritsche, Assistant Professor Courtney Brown, and graduate student Jess Tanner traveled to England and Scotland for the world premiere of "Best Intentions," a new play written by...