School of Theatre and Dance Announces 2017-2018 Season

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University announces its 2017-2018 season, featuring works with strong female protagonists, exceptional original choreography and outstanding designs and performances.

The 2017-2018 season opens Oct. 6-15, 2017 with Lynn Nottage’s acclaimed “Intimate Apparel.” Directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco, “Intimate Apparel” is a story of love, loss, and social power in 1905 New York where African-American seamstress Esther sews her dreams and struggles into every corset she creates.

The season continues Nov. 3-12, 2017 with “Little Women: The Broadway Musical.” With a book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, “Little Women” brings Louisa May Alcott’s famed novel to life in a tale of self-discovery, hope, heartache and everlasting love. 

The annual faculty dance concert, “Dance ’17: Mosaic,” will celebrate dance on a global scale Dec. 1-3, 2018 with choreography from Kent State dance faculty and guest artists from Thailand’s Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University (SSRU). Artistic directed by associate professor Jeffrey Marc Rockland, the concert features performances by dance majors and minors.

The season continues February 23 – March 4, 2018 with “All Shook Up,” directed by assistant professor Amy Fritsche. Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley and with a book by Joe DiPietro, “All Shook Up” is the story of a rock n’ roll rebel who injects his brand of fun into an otherwise dreary town. 

Senior B.F.A. dance candidates and dance majors and minors will present a weekend of original choreography March 16-18, 2018 during the B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival. The concert is directed by associate professor Barbara Allegra Verlezza and dance division coordinator and assistant professor Joan Meggitt. 

The Kent Dance Ensemble continues it tradition of outstanding performance with “Kent Dance Ensemble: Prime,” running April 6-8, 2018. Artistic directed by assistant professor Gregory King, the concert will feature performances by Kent State’s pre-professional dance company and choreography by Kent State faculty and guest artists.

The 2016-2017 season concludes April 20-29, 2018 with the Roe Green Visiting Director Series production of “Hedda Gabler.” Directed by 2017-2018 Roe Green Visiting Director Corey Atkins, Henrik Ibsen’s classic play demonstrates that boredom can be dangerous and deadly. 

The School of Theatre and Dance and its three performance spaces are housed in the Kent State Center for the Performing Arts located at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242. Unless otherwise noted, all Tues. through Sat. performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. performances begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets for all School of Theatre and Dance productions are available through the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts, by phone at 330-672-ARTS or online at Tickets will go on sale September 11, 2017.

For more information on the School of Theatre and Dance’s 2017-2018 season, please visit


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POSTED: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 2:48pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 2:48pm
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