School of Theatre and Dance

"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.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will open its 49th season with a production of “9 to 5."

Directed by Porthouse producing artistic director Terri Kent, “9 to 5” opens June 16 and runs through July 1. A preview performance will take place on June 15.

School of Theatre and Dance alumna and "fairy godmother" Roe Green received the Theatre Forward Leadership Award on April 3 in New York at the organization's annual Chairman's Awards Gala. 

The Gala supports Theatre Forward's philanthropic mission to advance American theaters and communities through various initiatives.

Roe Green is an arts patron and activist and Kent State alumna.

Broadway performer and former Radio City Rockette Nikki Long will visit the School of Theatre and Dance on April 28 and 29 to present a series of master classes and workshops. In addition to her time as a Rockette, Ms. Long was an original cast member and dance captain for the Broadway production of Disney's Aladdin, a cast member of the Broadway production and the national tour of The Lion King, and the national tour of Spamalot.

While at Kent State, Ms. Long will present:

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues its 2016-2017 season with William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. The production is directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco and runs Fri., April 21 through Sun., April 30 in Wright-Curtis Theatre, located in the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

Kent, OH – Twelve senior musical theatre students students from Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance will perform in New York on March 28, 2017 for industry professionals. The annual Musical Theatre Showcase allows graduating students planning on moving to New York City after commencement the opportunity to perform for prospective managers, agents and casting directors.

This year, the School of Theatre and Dance is partnering with UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television for Showcase, with each school presenting separate programs.

Note: The 7:30 p.m. performance on Friday, March 17 is Sold Out.

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce that senior B.F.A. Musical Theatre student Talia Cosentino has joined the cast of the Equity tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Matilda the Musical.

“It’s an absolute dream come true,” Cosentino, a Hudson, OH native, said about being cast in the production.

Based on Roald Dahl’s acclaimed children’s novel, Matilda follows the adventures of a child prodigy with magical powers as she overcomes the difficulties of life at home and school.

The African Community Theatre (ACT) in the Department of Pan-African Studies (DPAS) announces the spring 2017 production of  Venus by Suzan Lori-Parks directed by D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pan-African Studies, performed by the Pan-African Theatre Ensemble (PATE).