School of Theatre and Dance Remembers Alumnus Ken Howard
Kent, OH – Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance is saddened to learn of the passing of alumnus and SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard.
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.
A Tony and Emmy Award-winning theatre, film and television actor, Howard is best known for his role in the groundbreaking CBS drama "The White Shadow." He also appeared on Broadway in "1776," "Child's Play," "Seesaw," "Rumors," and "Promises, Promises." Howard's film and television credits include "1776," "Clear and Present Danger," "Michael Clayton," "Grey Gardens," "30 Rock," and "Crossing Jordan."
Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance is starting off its 2023-2024 season with "Passage" running September 28 through October 1 in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Center for Performing Arts.
The School of Theatre and Dance faculty and alumni are collaborating on a new play, Piedmont Point. Written by alumnus Scott Miesse (’15), Piedmont Point centers around a retirement complex in southern Florida.
Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance faculty member and acclaimed lighting designer, Jakyung Seo, facilitated a trip, eight years in the making, to South Korea for Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT). This trip aimed to serve as a bridge between artists across the globe to create a safe space for equality and creative expression. Jakyung Seo served as a coordinator of the trip, developed international connections and participated in the workshops.