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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.

Featured News

Chantrell Lewis

Undergraduate Student Chantrell Lewis Receives Golden Flash Award

The School of Theatre and Dance is proud to congratulate senior B.F.A. Musical Theatre student Chantrell Lewis on receiving the Kent State University Alumni Association's 2018 Golden Flash Award. 

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Christopher Huggins and Daniel Harder

Kent Dance Ensemble Welcomes Guest Artists Christopher Huggins and Daniel Harder

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome guest artists Christopher Huggins and Daniel Harder Sep. 30 - Oct. 7. 

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Lighting Design student works in Stump Theatre

BFA Design Tech Program Ranked #18 in U.S.

The School of Theatre and Dance’s BFA Design, Technology, and Production program has been selected by On Stage Blog as one of the top 25 programs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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BFA Musical Theatre students perform in Little Women

BFA Musical Theatre Program Ranked #18 in U.S.

The School of Theatre and Dance’s BFA Musical Theatre program has been selected by On Stage Blog as one of the top 25 programs for the 2018-2019 academic year. In our ranking at #18, On Stage highlights Kent State's multi-faceted program which focuses on developing students' skills in music, theatre, and dance.

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Tammy Honesty

Tamara L. Honesty Designs Set for World Premiere of "Banned from Baseball"

Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance professor Tamara L. Honesty is helping bring one of Major League Baseball's most notable controversies to life in the Human Race Theatre Company's world premiere production of "Banned from Baseball."

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Assistant Professor Gregory King

Gregory King Selected for "Show Us Your Spines" Residency

School of Theatre and Dance assistant professor Gregory King has been selected for the San Francisco Public Library's SHOW US YOUR SPINES residency. The 1-month residency program provides an opportunity for Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) writers to work with the Hormel Center LGBT archives around a specific queer theme and then write/produce a piece to be be read/presented the following month at the Hormel Center.

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Roe Green, the affectionately named “Fairy Godmother” of Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance, is once again making wishes come true for current and future generations of students

Roe Green Foundation Makes $2.2 Million Gift to Fund Visiting Director Series at Kent State

The affectionately named “Fairy Godmother” of Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance is once again making wishes come true for current and future generations of students.

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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.