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.

Featured News

Houston Ballet dancer Lauren Anderson

School of Theatre and Dance Welcomes Former Houston Ballet Principal Dancer Lauren Anderson

Lauren Anderson, former principal dancer with the Houston Ballet, will visit Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance on Friday, February 23 to present a master class. 

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The Ailey School will offer an audition for their summer intensive.

School of Theatre and Dance Welcomes Alvin Ailey's Tracy Inman

The Ailey School, the educational component of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will be at Kent State on Sat., Feb. 24 to audition students for the Ailey School's summer intensive program. Tracy Inman, Co-Director of The Ailey School will visit the School of Theatre and Dance to run the audition.

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Assistant Professor Tamara L. Honesty

Professor Tamara L. Honesty Re-Elected to USITT Board of Directors

Tamara L. Honesty, assistant professor of scenic design, was recently re-elected to the board of directors of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).

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All Shook Up

2017-2018 Season Continues with "All Shook Up"

The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues its 2017-2018 season with "All Shook Up." The production is directed by assistant professor Amy Fritsche and runs Fri., Feb. 23 through Sun., March 4 in E. Turner Stump 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.

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Dance faculty members Megan Young and Gregory King

Dance Faculty to Present Commissioned Work at Arts and Technology Symposium

Assistant professor of Dance Gregory King and adjunct dance professor Megan Young have been invited to create one of three commissioned works for the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology's 16th Biennial Symposium at Connecticut College February 15 - 17, 2018.

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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.