At Kent State University, we encourage you to discover your potential, make bold choices and recognize your ability to define success on your terms.

When you enter the Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance, you will be embraced for who you are and surrounded by a community that supports your individual potential. Dedicated to creative excellence, we will provide opportunities that will challenge you to develop your meaningful purpose. Our comprehensive programs are rooted in a professional culture that inspires you to train for the dynamic disciplines of theatre and dance as you transform your passion into your profession.

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

Words are powerful, but action transforms lives. This principle guides the School of Theatre and Dance as we confirm our commitment to be actively anti-racist in all that we do. In difficult times, words are often where we turn first. But words are not enough, because they are meaningless without action. And that action begins now.

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The School of Theatre and Dance shares the pain and outrage expressed by so many regarding the ongoing acts of racism on our campus, in our community, and throughout the world. Together as artists, we are committed to be catalysts of Inclusion and Change. While we look to the  university community at large to provide additional action steps, Theatre and Dance must mobilize now.

  • Congratulations to assistant professor Gregory King on being awarded a See Chicago Dance Critical Writing Fellowship. The inaugural See Chicago Dance Fellowship existed in collaborated with dance scholars and writers in South Africa and the U.K. around the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, an annual festival held in Durban, South Africa. This year, the festival was digital.

  • Two Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance alumni are nominated for Television Academy 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards. Kristine Haag, a 2003 B.F.A. Theatre Design and Technology graduate, is nominated in the Outstanding Contemporary Costumes category for her work as assistant costume designer on Netflix's hit series Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. Kent State alumnus Jeff Richmond is the executive producer of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend, which is nominated in the Outstanding Television Movie category.

  • Assistant professor of Dance Gregory King recently organized "Dancing in Solidarity," a peaceful and socially distanced protest in downtown Kent supporting #BlackLivesMatter. The event was dedicated to the centering the voices of Black women, particularly Black trans women. 

Coronavirus Updates and FAQs

Important information and answers to frequently asked questions for Theatre and Dance students regarding the reopening of campus for Fall 2020.

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  • Dance

    Dance

    The School of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies, and a Minor in Dance and is the home of the Kent Dance Ensemble, Kent State University's pre-professional dance company.

  • Theatre

    Theatre

    The School of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design Technology and Production, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies, a Minor in Theatre, a Master of Fine Arts in Acting for the Returning Professional, and a Master of Fine Arts in Design Technology and Production. 

  • Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

    Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

    The School of Theatre and Dance holds auditions for the B.A. in Dance Studies, B.F.A. in Dance Performance, B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, and Dance minor multiple times per year.