Roe Green Recognized by Theatre Forward
School of Theatre and Dance alumna and "fairy godmother" Roe Green received the Theatre Forward Leadership Award on April 3 in New York at the organization's annual Chairman's Awards Gala.
The Gala supports Theatre Forward's philanthropic mission to advance American theaters and communities through various initiatives.
Roe Green is an arts patron and activist and Kent State alumna.
She received her B.A in theatre and communications from the University of Colorado in 1970 and in 1980 she was awarded an M.A. in theatre from Kent State University. She has extensive stage and business management experience, includes Cain Park, The Cleveland Opera, and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. In 2003, the Roe Green Foundation established a visiting director’s series for the School of Theatre and Dance which invites a guest professional director each year to work in residency with students and direct one of the School's Main Stage preoductions every year. Now in its 14th year, the Roe Green Visiting Direct Series continues to bring professional directors to Kent State University.
In January, 2006, the Roe Green Foundation pledged the largest capital gift in Kent State University history in order to create The Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance. This capital gift enabled the construction of new and the renovation of existing facilities in the Music and Speech Building (now the Center for the Performing Arts) which united theatre and dance under one roof for the first time in university history. The project brought the footprint of the School of Theatre and Dance to more than 70,000 square feet. The new facilities help create a central location on campus for the performing arts, as the building houses programs in theatre, dance and music.
At Kent State University, Ms. Green is an emeritus member of the the Kent State University Foundation board and sits on boards of the School of Theatre and Dance and Porthouse Theatre.