As the Director of the School of Theatre and Dance, I can assure you that Kent is a wonderful university for those interested in the performing arts. A number of individuals with whom you may be familiar are Kent alumni including: Arsenio Hall, Michael Keaton, John de Lancie ("Q" of "Star Trek") and Alice Ripley (who recently won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a musical in Next to Normal) to name a few. Additionally, returning professionals such as Ken Howard (star of the Broadway musical, 1776 and TV's "The White Shadow") and Mark La Mura (eleven-year veteran of TV's "All My Children") completed M.F.A. degrees at Kent.
Alumni can be seen currently on Broadway, London's West End and and in venues all over the world.
Each year we invite a guest professional director to work with our students. This is possible through the generosity of Roe Green, a local arts patron and activist. We are fortunate to be able to offer this diverse opportunity for our students. The William H. Zucchero Guest Artist Series offers support for guest designers, choreographers, performers and other artists to work with students in a variety of learning experiences including lectures, performances and public forums.
Our facilities are "state of the art." The new Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance has three spacious dance studios, acting studios, props and crafts laboratory, computer lab, costume technology lab, a new costume shop, lighting laboratory with automated lighting, a welding lab and a renovated scene shop. Our new black box theatre plays host to student directed and choreographed work, class productions and new and experimental work.
Our faculty is a diverse group of educators who are professionally active in theatre and dance production and scholarship and genuinely dedicated to the art forms of dance and theatre. Our School also produces Porthouse Theatre each summer on the beautiful grounds of Blossom Music Center. This professional theatre employs both equity actors, non-equity performers and students for a season of theatre classics and major American musicals. Auditions are conducted nationally each year.
2013 marks 100 years of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University. Explore our history and celebrate with us!
Please consider a campus visit and taking part in one of our "Shadow Days," which includes an informational session, tour of our facilities and a visit to one of our classes. Visitors will get a chance to meet and talk with our current students.
I urge you to learn more about our program by exploring our web site and by contacting me. I would be happy to answer any questions or send you additional information. If you would like to attend one of our productions, please contact our box office.
Eric van Baars
Director, School of Theatre and Dance