School of Theatre and Dance

Bill Auld, associate professor of Theatre at Kent State Tuscarawas, leant his flying skills to MTV's "My Super Sweet 16" this past spring to help twin recording artists SiAngie make an epic entrance to their 16th birthday party.

Auld flew to Philadelphia where he was responsible for flying the twin sisters in on two LED-lit "clouds" as they made their entrance into their lavish Sweet 16 party. The party was documented as part of MTV's hit show "My Super Sweet 16," which showcases ultra-lavish 16th birthday parties.

Assistant professor of Dance Gregory King and adjunct Dance faculty member Megan Young have collaborated on a new work entitled "Cloud of Whiteness," an interactive sculpture, environment and performance piece that explores racism and resistance in our current political climate. 

Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance Professor Tamara L. Honesty helped to bring a beloved 1980s television series to the stage in the world premiere production of Family Ties.

The School of Theatre and Dance celebrated the culmination of the 2016-2017 academic year on Saturday, May 6 with the School's annual banquet, planned and sponsored by Alpha Psi Omega. 

During the evening's event, the School of Theatre and Dance announced that the following students had received scholarships and awards: 

School Scholarships and awards

School of Theatre and Dance Academic Achievement Award
Theatre: Katelyn Cassidy, Talia Cosentino
Dance: Ashley Buersmeyer

Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance professor Tamara L. Honesty is helping bring a beloved 1980s television series to the stage in the Human Race Theatre Company's world premiere production of "Family Ties." Honesty serves as scenic designer for the production which runs June 1-25 at Human Race's venue in Dayton, OH and continues the story of the famous fictional Keaton family.

Kent, OH – The Kent Dance Ensemble, the School of Theatre and Dance's pre-professional dance company, will perform their annual concert on June 3, 2017 in a special performance with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas.

The concert, titled "Music and Dance," features compositions by Leonard Bernstein and Joseph Cantaloube and choreography by Kent State dance faculty Kim Karpanty, Barbara Allegra Verlezza, Joan Meggitt, and MaryAnn Black.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will close its 49th season with the area premiere of "Disney's Newsies."

Directed by producing artistic director Terri Kent, “Newsies” opens July 28 and runs through August 13. A preview performance will take place on July 27.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will continue its 49th season with a production of "Ain't Misbehavin'."

"What the Health! Does Health Care" is a Theatre for Social Justice stage play developed by the Theatre and Social Change (TASC) class, 2017 Spring Semester, at Kent State University, Dr. Daniel Raymond Nadon, instructor.

Production Team Manager, Destiny Kaznoch (PreMed/Bio-Chemistry major; Theatre Management minor) explains, "As a group we hope to educate students on a complicated issue, healthcare, in hopes that when they have to deal with the healthcare industry they are armed with knowledge and can stand up for themselves and advocate for others. "

Travesty Dance Group, under the direction of professor Kimberly Karpanty, and Antaeus Dance, under the direction of assistant professor Joan Meggitt, will present an evening of engaging and evocative dance, theatre, film and music during the opening weekend of Cleveland Public Theatre's 2017 DanceWorks series.

Choreographed by Karpanty and Meggitt, "Taking the Fall" is an evening-length collection of original work that explores resilience, sacrifice and acceptance and pays homage to those who keep us safe, demand our honesty and serve as models for integrity and right action.