School of Theatre and Dance

Patrick Ulrich Congratulations to School of Theatre and Dance alumnus Patrick Ulrich, a 2019 MFA scenic design graduate, who was recognized as one of "6 Theatre Workers You Should Know" in the January 2020 issue of American Theatre Magazine.  His scenic designs have appeared at theatres across the United States, including at Ozark Actors Theatre, Wharton Center...

Assistant professor Gregory King   "Cut Me a Check," a new work by assistant professor of Dance Gregory King, will premiere Friday, Jan. 24 at Cleveland's Zygote Press as part of a live art installation exhibition, Past Due, curated by former adjunct dance faculty member Megan Young. The exhibition runs Jan. 24 through Feb. 14, with an opening night reception on Jan. 24 from 6 -...

Ray Mercer The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome guest artist Ray Mercer to Kent State for a residency Feb. 6-9, 2020. During his residency, Mercer will set a piece on members of the Kent Dance Ensemble which will then be performed at KDE's annual concert in April. Ray Mercer, a native of Omaha, NE, is in his...

Fabio Polanco as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha The School of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce that Porthouse Theatre was recognized by the Cleveland Critics Circle Awards in multiple categories for the 2019 Season. Congratulations to associate professor Fabio Polanco who was recognized as Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La...

Fabio Polanco as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha Porthouse Theatre is thrilled to be recognized by the Cleveland Critics Circle for achievements during the 2019 season. Fabio Polanco, Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha Martín Céspedes, Best Choreographer for Man of La Mancha Terri Kent, Honorable Mention for her direction of...

Gregory King    Assistant professor of dance Gregory King will present research titled "Tenure and Race: Faculty of Color Navigating Higher Ed" at three conferences in the Spring of 2020. King will present at Moving Forward: The 2020 American Dance Platform Symposium presented by The Joyce Theater in New York and sponsored by NYU/Tisch and NYU/Education. The...

Dance student Emily Emanuel Congratulations to student Emily Emanuel who was accepted to the Complexions Contemporary Ballet's winter intensive taking place Dec. 27 - 31 in New York City.  A member of the Kent Dance Ensemble, Emily is a freshman B.A. Dance Studies student double majoring in Biology. A native of Erie, PA, she studied with the Erie Dance Conservatory and...

The cast of Hair The School of Theatre and Dance’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Musical Theatre program at Kent State University has been selected by On Stage Blog as one of the Top 30 College Musical Theatre programs for the 2019-2020 academic year. In its rankings, On Stage highlights Kent State’s multi-faceted program that focuses on developing...

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...