The School of Theatre and Dance prepares students for careers in the performing arts as artists, scholars and educators.

The school’s production season serves as the primary laboratory for the development of student artistic expression and technique. As performing arts, theatre and dance reflect and communicate cultural values and identities intrinsic to human existence. As such, the study of theatre and dance is central to the humanities curriculum. 

At the undergraduate level, the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University offers comprehensive programs in theatre and dance leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Students may also pair their studies with other majors by pursuing a minor in dance or a minor in theatre.

The breadth of the School of Theatre and Dance's programs is suggested by its course offerings, which cover the areas of acting, directing, musical theatre, theatre history, script analysis, playwriting, technical production, scenery, lighting, costume design, make-up, theatre management, modern dance, ballet, jazz, dance composition, dance history and dance science.

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Undergraduate Programs

Photo from 2018 Kent Dance Ensemble

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance

The B.F.A in Dance Performance facilitates comprehensive training in dance technique, choreography and performance. Students pursue a curriculum in modern dance, strongly supported by training in ballet and jazz, and also study movement science, dance history, production, dance education, acting, technology and music.

An element of the lighting design of student Sophia Phillips is displayed on stage during "Irena's Vow."

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design Technology and Production

The B.F.A. in Theatre Design Technology and Production prepares students for careers as professional theatre designers, technicians, and artisans. Students train in traditional and new methods of theatrical design and technology, graduating as dynamic and creative theatre practitioners.

Students perform in "Into the Woods'

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

The B.F.A. in Musical Theatre prepares students for life as working artists in the musical theatre field with fully developed skills in music, acting and dance. Practical training and creative experiences are coupled with an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum and a foundation in theatre theory and history. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Musical Theatre Showcase.

Dance Studies student performs in concert

Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies

The B.A. in Dance Studies allows dance students to craft a personalized program by combining  dance technique and dance academics with studies in other subject areas. Students are encouraged to pair their degree with other disciplines such as business, education, or exercise science to maximize career potential.

A student performs in "You Can't Take It With You" directed by Roe Green Visiting Director Kathleen F. Conlin

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies

The B.A. in Theatre Studies allows students to pair their interest in theatre with a traditional liberal arts education. Students may concentrate in one of four areas: Performance, Production, Theatre Management, or Theatre and Society.

Dance students perform in a piece by Armstrong Visiting Artist and Tony Award winning choreographer Garth Fagan

Minor in Dance

The School of Theatre and Dance offers a Minor in Dance option for Kent State University students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree in another subject and still study dance at the college level. The Dance Minor provides students with an overview of dance through exploration of its contemporary applications. Students wishing to minor in dance are not required to audition.

Students perform in "Irena's Vow"

Minor in Theatre

The School of Theatre and Dance offers several minors in theatre for students interested in supplementing their major program with studies in theatre. All students pursuing a minor in theatre complete general theatre coursework and select one area of specialization. Students do course work in acting, script analysis and design and technology and select one of several areas of concentration.