2020-2021 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 2020-2021 season will be an exploration of creativity and ingenuity as students and faculty navigate the challenges of producing theatre and dance amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

2020-2021 Season

Graphic of dragon and female-identifying person holding a sword

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms

By Qui Nguyen

Directed by Paul Hurley

March 31 - April 2, 2021

Meant to be performed virtually, She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms is a comedic homage "to the geek and warrior within us all" that will be performed LIVE over Zoom. Grieving the death of her teenage sister Tilly, Agnes Evans finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook and embarks on an action-packed adventure into the imaginary world Tilly loved. 

BFA Dance students

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

Faculty Director: Samuel McIntosh

April 23 - 25, 2021

Join B.F.A. Dance Performance candidates and current dance majors and minors for an evening of choreography and performance.

Members of the Kent Dance Ensemble

Kent Dance Ensemble: Re-Emerge

Artistic Directed by Gregory King

April 30 – May 2, 2021

Join the Kent Dance Ensemble, Kent State University's pre-professional dance company, for an evening of choreography by acclaimed guest artists and performance by Kent State dance students. Re-Emerge features works by Yoshito Sakuraba, Ray Mercer, Gregory King and Catherine Meredith, and will premiere the Kent Dance Ensemble's virtual collaboration with Tiffany Rea-Fisher, artistic director of Elisa Monte Dance. The virtual collaboration focuses on ethical practice, leadership and taking civil rights activism further than the dance studio. 

Photo by Matthew Murphy

35mm: A Musical Exhibition

Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Based on photographs by Matthew Murphy

Directed by Daniel-Raymond Nadon
Music Direction by Jonathan Swoboda

May 7-9, 2021

Ryan Scott Oliver's 35mm weaves together stories and songs inspired by the photography of Matthew Murphy, confirming that a picture is worth 1,000 words.