School of Theatre and Dance | Kent State University

School of Theatre and Dance

At Kent State University, we encourage you to discover your potential, make bold choices and recognize your ability to define success on your terms. When you enter the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance, you will be embraced for who you are and surrounded by a community that supports your individual potential. Dedicated to creative excellence, we will provide opportunities that will challenge you to develop your meaningful purpose. Our comprehensive programs are rooted in a professional culture that inspires you to train for the dynamic disciplines of theatre and dance as you transform your passion into your profession.

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The Kent Dance Ensemble

Kent Dance Ensemble to Perform at ACDA National Festival at Kennedy Center

The School of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to announce that members of the Kent Dance Ensemble will perform at the American College Dance Association's National College Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in June. 

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School of Theatre and Dance students take home 8 awards at 2018 SETC Conference

Students Take Top Honors at 2018 Southeastern Theatre Conference Convention

Six Kent State School of Theatre and Dance students were honored for their work at the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference Convention held March 7-11, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. The conference, at which Kent State students regularly compete, is one of the largest gatherings of theatre professionals in the United States.

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BFA Dance Candidates pose for a photo promoting their annual concert.

Kent State Student Choreographers Highlight New Works in "Roots to Wings"

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance will continue its 2017-2018 production season with the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival: Roots to Wings, March 16-18 in Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre. 

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Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag

Kent Dance Ensemble Welcomes Guest Artists Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, welcomed guest artists Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag of EVIDENCE, A Dance Company March 5 - 10, 2018. Brown is the founder and artistic director of EVIDENCE. Cabuag is the associate artistic director of EVIDENCE. During their residency, Brown and Cabuag will set Ronald K. Brown's Gatekeepers (1999) on the dancers of the ensemble. The Kent Dance Ensemble will perform Gatekeepers during the Kent Dance Ensemble: Prime concert April 6 - 8.

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Our Programs

Dance students perform in "Jove's Journey" by faculty member Barbara Allegra Verlezza

Undergraduate Degrees

Students enrolled in The School of Theatre and Dance can earn Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance Studies and Theatre Studies and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Dance Performance, Design and Technology, and Musical Theatre. Undergraduate students may also pursue a minor in dance or minor in theatre.

An MFA Acting candidate performs in "Side Show."

Graduate Degrees

Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance offers M.F.A. programs in Acting for the Returning Professional, Design and Technology, and Acting. Students pursuing the graduate program in Design and Technology will concentrate their studies in one of four areas: Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, or Theatre Technology. 

Dance students train in the Roe Green Center.

Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

The School of Theatre and Dance holds auditions for the B.A. in Dance Studies, B.F.A. in Dance Performance, B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, and Dance minor multiple times per year.