Roe Green is a local arts patron and activist. In 2003, the Roe Green foundation established a visiting director’s series for the School of Theatre and Dance. In 2008, Ms. Green renewed her pledge for another five more years.Ms. Green is very active in the arts. She was a competitive ballroom dancer for more than 12 years and has dubbed herself an “avid” theatergoer. She received her B.A in theatre and communications from the University of Colorado in 1970. In 1980, she was awarded an M.A. in theatre from Kent State. Currently, she is a member of the Kent State University Foundation, School of Theatre and Dance and Porthouse Advisory Boards. She is also on the Dean‘s advisory board at University of Colorado.
She has experience in stage and business management at Cain Park, Cleveland Opera and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. In addition to backstage work and her advisory experience at Kent State, Ms. Green also serves on the board for The Cleveland Play House where she is the honorary producer of ''FusionFest,'' a festival that showcases new work in the performing arts. She is also president emeritus of C.A.V.O.R.T., Inc. (Conference About Volunteers of Regional Theatres). She serves on the board of the Jewish Federation and the board of Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, Florida.
While she is very active in the arts, Ms. Green is also the CEO of the Roe Green
Foundation, which is responsible for the Judge Ben C. Green professorship at Case Western Reserve University, as well as the law library named for her father. The Roe Green Foundation established a battered women’s shelter in Geauga called the “Green House.” The Foundation also started the Green Arts Fund that supported the Jewish Community Center arts and culture programs. Ms. Green serves in an
advisory capacity for many regional arts groups.
In January, 2006, the Roe Green Foundation pledged the largest capital gift in Kent State University history in order to create The Roe Green Center, new and renovated facilities for the School of Theatre and Dance. This project will unite theatre and dance under one roof, occupying up to 70,000 square feet of space, for the first time at the university. The new facilities will help create a central location on campus for the performing arts, as the building will house programs in theatre, dance and music.
Ms. Green is also an avid world traveler and has visited more than
Roe Green is the recipient of the 2009 Ohio Arts Council’s Governor’s Arts