Ken Howard graduated from Kent State University in 1999 with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting as the School of Theatre and Dance's first returning professional. Howard was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in 2009. Following SAG's merger with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 2012, a project Howard helped spearhead, he became president of the newly formed SAG-AFTRA. Howard was re-elected president of SAG-AFTRA in 2013 and 2015.
The School of Theatre and Dance remembers alumnus Mark LaMura, who passed away in September 2017 at the age of 68.
Emmy Award nominated actor Mark LaMura earned an M.F.A. in Acting from Kent State's School of Theatre and Dance in 2000. Known for his portrayal of Mark Dalton on ABC's All My Children, LaMura's film and television credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Diagnosis Murder, Matlock, Law & Order, Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, The Sopranos, One Life to Live, Damages, and Something Borrowed.