School of Theatre and Dance

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will perform "Strange Invisible Perfume" at Playhouse Square's 17th annual Dance Showcase on Friday, September 8. The piece, choreographed by King, was performed in March at the School of Theatre and Dance's 2017 B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert. 

An article by assistant professor of dance Gregory King was recently selected to be included in a new resource guide, Art Became the Oxygen: A Guide to Artistic Response, published by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University announces its 2017-2018 season, featuring works with strong female protagonists, exceptional original choreography and outstanding designs and performances.

The 2017-2018 season opens Oct. 6-15, 2017 with Lynn Nottage’s acclaimed “Intimate Apparel.” Directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco, “Intimate Apparel” is a story of love, loss, and social power in 1905 New York where African-American seamstress Esther sews her dreams and struggles into every corset she creates.

Kent, OH – Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University's summer professional theatre, was awarded a $23,615 sustainability grant by the Ohio Arts Council during the body's summer board meeting on July 19.

The grant helps Porthouse Theatre provide high quality theatre and arts education to the Northeast Ohio community. Specifically, the grant allows Porthouse to continue offering its academies for high school, college, and international students as well as community nights that provide free tickets to patrons that otherwise would not be able to attend the theatre.

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.

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