School of Theatre and Dance

Scholar of the Month
Terri Kent
Professor
College of the Arts
1991-present

An accomplished director, actor and educator, Terri Kent is a professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at the College of the Arts. She is the coordinator of the musical theatre program and is the producing artistic director of Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s summer professional theatre.

Congratulations to BFA Dance Performance major Dakota Lindesmith who was awarded 2nd place at Kent State's 3rd Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for her choreographic work SHE. Her work (pictured above) was performed at the 2016 BFA Senior Dance Concert in March by dance majors Ashley Ostrowski and Briggs Van Sickle and dance minor Noelle Flynn. Professor Barbara Allegra Verlezza served as the faculty mentor for this project.

Third year lighting design graduate student Yu Leo Lei was awarded First Place in Graduate Lighting Design Competition at the Southeastern Theatre Conference convention in Greensboro, NC in March. He won for his design of the School of Theatre and Dance's production of "Side Show." 

Theatre students David Holland, Devin Gallo and Stewart Blackwood were awarded a College of the Arts Flash Grant this Spring to produce an adaptation of "The Tell Tale Heart" as part of the School's Black Box Series.

"The Tell Tale Heart" is a short story by Edgar Allen Poe and adapted for the stage by Gerald P. Murphy. This production incorporated music and original choreography into the classic gothic horror story where the main character, Lucas, details his murder of another man while attempting to convince himself of his sanity.

In March, more than a dozen School of Theatre and Dance alumni performed in a special concert held at Manhattan's famed Feinstein's/54 Below. The concert was organized by alumni John Moauro and Andrew Morton and featured alumni from the last 20 years.

Alumni from the classes of 2015, 2014, and 2013 performed at 54 Below                                      

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University concludes it 2015-2016 season with William Inge’s dramatic comedy “Bus Stop.” The production runs Fri., April 22 through Sun., May 1 in Wright-Curtis Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

The School of Theatre and Dance is proud to present the 2016 Student Theatre Festival running April 8-10, 2016. The annual festival is entirely directed, performed and designed by students.

Student Theatre Festival takes place in Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will conclude its 48th season with “Footloose.”

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will open its 48th season with the regional premiere of “Sister Act.”

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