School of Theatre and Dance

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...

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...