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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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An MFA Acting candidate performs in "Emilie: La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight"

M.F.A. Acting Program Recognized as one of the "5 Most Underrated MFA Acting Programs"

The School of Theatre and Dance's M.F.A. in Acting for the Returning Professional program was recently recognized as one of the "5 Most Underrated MFA Acting Programs" by OnStage Blog. 

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Kimberly Karpanty performs in MONSOON

Kimberly Karpanty Performs at Cleveland Public Theatre's DanceWorks

School of Theatre and Dance professor Kimberly Karpanty will perform a self-choreographed solo work, MONSOON, at Cleveland Public Theatre's annual DanceWorks series of contemporary dance. MONSOON is produced by Karpanty's dance company, Travesty Dance Group.

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Gregory King

Gregory King Named Provost Faculty Associate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Assistant professor of Dance Gregory King has been named a Provost Faculty Associate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for 2019-2020 by Provost Todd Diacon and Vice President of DEI Alfreda Brown.

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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.