2019-2020 Main Stage Season

The School of Theatre and Dance proudly presents its Main Stage Season each year as a primary learning environment for students and for the entertainment of the Kent State and surrounding communities.

The 2019-2020 season was thoughtfully selected to coincide with Kent State University's commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of May 4, 1970. The season begins in October and features a mix of classic, contemporary, and groundbreaking dramas and musicals and versatile, professional level dance.


2019-2020 Season

The Hunchback of Seville

The Hunchback of Seville

The Hunchback of Seville
October 3-9, 2019
Wright-Curtis Theatre

Written by Charise Castro Smith

Directed by Courtney Brown

Maxima, the reclusive sister of Spain’s Queen Isabella, is suddenly given the keys to the kingdom in this madcap take on Spanish history and colonialism.




November 1-10, 2019
E. Turner Stump Theatre

Directed by Terri Kent

The American tribal love-rock musical explores identity, community, global responsibility, and peace in a changing world.

Dance 19

Dance '19: Dynamic Fusion

Dance ‘19: Dynamic Fusion

November 22-24, 2019

E. Turner Stump Theatre

Artistic Directed by Jeffrey Marc Rockland

Features choreography from Dance faculty and guest choreographers in a celebration of artistic versatility and diversity.

Parade musical


February 21 – March 1, 2020
E. Turner Stump Theatre

Directed by Fabio Polanco

Centered on the 1913 Atlanta murder of Mary Phagan and the conviction, commutation, and lynching of Jewish factory superintendent Leo Frank, the powerful Tony Award-winning musical "Parade" explores and invites civic discourse on social injustice, religious intolerance, the justice system, racial divides, and civil rights.

BFA Senior Dance students

B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert / Student Dance Festival



Faculty Director: Barbara Allegra Verlezza

Enjoy wonderful choreography and performances from graduating senior BFA candidates in dance performance and dance majors and minors.

Kent Dance Ensemble

Kent Dance Ensemble: Emerge


Artistic Director: Gregory King

Join Kent State's pre-professional dance company for a weekend of choreography and performance.

Student Theatre Festival

Student Theatre Festival


Faculty Director: Daniel-Raymond Nadon

Join School of Theatre and Dance students as they produce, direct, design and perform student productions.

Rothschild and Sons

Rothschild & Sons


Directed by Terri Kent
Produced in partnership with The Musical Theater Project

An epic tale of one family’s journey through adversity to build a business empire from nothing.


Richard II

Richard II


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Mark Valdez
2019-2020 Roe Green Visiting Director

When King Richard II’s wasteful and ineffective reign disillusions his countrymen, he pays the ultimate price: his crown.