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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

B.F.A. Dance Performance Senior performs in concert.

Kent State Student Choreographers Highlight New Works in “(Re) Imagine (Re) Create (Re) Make”

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance continues its 2018-2019 production season with the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival: “(Re) Imagine, (Re) Create, (Re) Make.” The concert runs March 15-17 in Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre.

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Kimberly Karpanty, Joan Meggitt, and their film alter idem

Dance Faculty Film Screened at Phoenix Dance Film Festival

Professor of dance Kimberly Karpanty and associate professor of dance Joan Meggitt recently screened their film, alter idem, at the Phoenix Dance Film Festival in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Gregory King

Gregory King Commissioned to to set original work on the dancers of Georgian Court University

Assistant professor of dance Gregory King is commissioned to set original work on the dancers of Georgian Court University in February.

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Image from Porthouse's 2018 production of Oklahoma!

Porthouse Theatre's 2018 Season Recognized by Annual Critics' Awards

Porthouse Theatre is thrilled to be the recipient of multiple honors for achievements during the 2018 Season.

This year, Porthouse Theatre was recognized with awards in multiple categories by Cleveland SCENE magazine, the Cleveland Jewish News, and the Cleveland Critics Circle.

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Shaness Kemp

Kent Dance Ensemble Welcomes Guest Artist Shaness Kemp

The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, will welcome guest artist Shaness Kemp.

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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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Our Programs

Photo from 2018 production of Hedda Gabler

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.