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Assistant professor and Performance Area coordinator Amy Fritsche is currently performing as Miep Gies in Cleveland Play House's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank." The production, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and adapted by Wendy Kesselman, runs October 21 through November 19 and is directed by Cleveland Play House's artistic director Laura Kepley. 

B.F.A. Musical Theatre alumnus Scott Miesse is working to bring his play Abnormal Off-Broadway in the Spring of 2018. The play made its New York City debut on October 6 in a staged reading at Shetler Studios Penthouse 1. Abnormal was originally performed as part of the School of Theatre and Dance’s Student Theatre Festival.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Season with "Anything Goes," "Next to Normal," and "Oklahoma!".

When new musical "Mean Girls" makes its debut at Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 31, it will include two Kent State University alumni amongst its company: composer Jeff Richmond and cast member Tee Boyich. Following its run in Washington, D.C., Mean Girls will open on Broadway in March 2018.

Faculty member Jakyung Seo is a recipient of Kent State University's 2017 President's Excellence Award. The award, established in 2015, recognizes faculty excellence on a national and international level. 

The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues its 2017-2018 season with "Little Women: The Broadway Musical." The production is directed by professor and Porthouse Theatre producing artistic director Terri Kent and runs Fri., Nov. 3 through Sun., Nov. 12 in E. Turner Stump Theatre.

School of Theatre and Dance alumnus Dylan Ratell, who graduated in 2015 with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, is appearing on Season 7 of Sweden's reality television program "Allt För Sverige" (The Great Swedish Adventure).

Associate professor Fabio Polanco performs this weekend in The Musical Theater Project's "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin': The Impact of OKLAHOMA" at the Stocker Arts Center and PlayhouseSquare's Ohio Theatre. The multi-media concert is a celebration of the iconic musical on the eve of its 75th anniversary.

Assistant professor of dance Gregory King has been appointed to the staff of The International Association of Blacks in Dance. He will serve as the Creative Communications Coordinator.

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome its first guest artist of the 2017-2018 season, Jamal White, September 9-12. 

While in residence at the School of Theatre and Dance, White will set a piece on the Kent Dance Ensemble.

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