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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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Professor Kimberly Karpanty

Professor Kim Karpanty Receives Scholarship to Barcelona International Dance Exchange

Professor of Dance Kimberly Karpanty is one of four recipients of a Fidelity Scholarship to attend the Barcelona International Dance Exchange (BIDE) annual meeting in April 2019. Karpanty, currently on faculty improvement leave, is spending the Spring 2019 semester studying, choreographing, and performing in Europe.

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Alumna Kaitlyn Black

Film by Alumna Kaitlyn Black Featured in 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival

"Relationship Deli," a short film written by and starring Kaitlyn Black, an alumna of Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance, will be featured in the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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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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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.