Theatre and Dance Students Awarded Flash Grants | Kent State University

Theatre and Dance Students Awarded Flash Grants

Three School of Theatre and Dance students were awarded Flash Grants by Kent State's College of the Arts for projects taking place during the Spring 2018 semester.

The College of the Arts provides Flash Grants for undergraduate student art, design, research and creative projects. The grant is open to students from any discipline in the College of the Arts, as long as the team is composed of students working in different disciplines, either in another school in the College of the Arts or another unit across campus. The team's project manager must be an undergraduate student on the Kent Campus who is currently enrolled in a major within the College of the Arts. Other team participants may be students from any school/department/college on the Kent Campus. 

Becca Martin, a theatre major, was awarded a Flash Grant to create a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Night Mother" by Marsha Norman. Martin is partnering with Psychology student Jessica Kotik and together they will explore the piece's themes of suicide, gender, and family dynamics. "Night Mother" will be performed during the School of Theatre and Dance's Student Theatre Festival April 13-15, 2018 in Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre.

Sophia Phillips, a theatre major focusing in lighting design, was awarded a Flash Grant for her work as the lighting designer on the School of Theatre and Dance's production of "All Shook Up." Phillips' project seeks to pair art with technology by creating three 'magic' props for "All Shook Up." Phillips will work with a team of students from across Kent State University: Patrick Ulrich (School of Theatre and Dance), Rachel Holcomb (School of Theatre and Dance), Joshua Yurkovich (Computer Science), Rick Szalay (Mechatronics), Matt Kousale (Aero Engineering), Madison Spreltzer (Communication Studies), Lamari Robinson (Career and Community Studies), David Kuczma (Aeronautics), and Mohamed Endaisha (Applied Engineering). "All Shook Up" runs Feb. 23 through March 4 in E. Turner Stump Theatre.

Hannah Thompson, a theatre major, was awarded a Flash Grant to produce her original one-act play "E3." Thompson is partnering with Rachel Feinstein, a Photo Illustration major. Thompson will direct the play and Thompson and Feinstein will work together to use photography and projection to bring the true story of a West Virginia theatre teacher's suicide to life. "E3" will be performed as part of the School of Theatre and Dance's Student Theatre Festival April 13-15, 2018 in Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre.