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September 2015 Newsletter
School of Theatre and Dance Announces 2014-2015 Season
The School of Theatre and Dance is excited to announce its 2014-2015 season. The expanded season features two special concert events in addition to the School's normal offerings:
The Performing Arts Box Office opens Monday, Sept. 15.
Tickets are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787).
Download Season Brochure
Transforum Theatre Performs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This past August, student organization Transforum Theatre along with assistant professor Amy Fritsche attended the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland. The group performed an original work, "A Collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales," written and directed by Transforum president Daniel Ebert. The piece played for a week at the Greenside @ Nicholson Square venue and was very well attended.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world's largest arts festival. Transforum Theatre and the School hope to repeat this wonderful opportunity in the future.
Kent State Partners With Musical Theater Project,
Presents Babes in Arms in Concert
The School of Theatre and Dance has partnered with the Musical Theater Project to present special concert performances of the classic musical Babes in Arms. Directed by Terri Kent, the concert will take place at Kent State on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 2pm in E. Turner Stump Theatre in the Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available beginning Monday, Sept. 15 by calling 330-672-ARTS or clicking the link below. 

Babes in Arms, whose cast is comprised of Kent State musical theatre students, will also be performed on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Beck Center for the Performing Arts.
Buy Tickets to Babes in Arms
African Dance Choreographer and Scholar
Kariamu Welsh Visits Kent State
Noted African Dance choreographer and scholar Dr. Kariamu Welsh will visit the School of Theatre and Dance on Friday, Sept. 26 to present a lecture and workshop. 

The lecture, "African Dance in America: Protest, Identity and Continuity," will take place from 12pm-1pm in Room D022 in the Center for the Performing Arts.

The workshop, "Let the Circle be Unbroken: African Dance and the Umfundalai Technique," will take place from 1:15pm to 2:45pm in dance studio D123 in the Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Welsh's visit is co-sponsored by Pan-African Studies.

 
Tony Award Winner Garth Fagan Visits in October
This October, Tony Award winning choreographer Garth Fagan will visit the School of Theatre and Dance as the 2014-2015 Armstrong Family Visiting Artist. Mr. Fagan will work with dance students throughout his week-long visit and he will set a piece to be performed at the Dance '14 and Kent Dance Ensemble concerts. Fagan is known for his Tony Award-winning choreography of Broadway's The Lion King.
Kathleen Conlin is 2014-2015 Roe Green Visiting Director
Kathleen Conlin is currently in residence as the 2014-2015 Roe Green Visiting Director. Conlin is directing the season's first production, You Can't Take It With You, running Oct. 3 - 12 in Wright-Curtis Theatre.

Conlin has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a professional stage director, casting director, associate artistic director, university administrator and award-winning professor. She served for 22 seasons as Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director for the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. 
Theatre and Dance Awarded NAMT Grant for New Musical;
Creators to Visit in November
The School of Theatre and Dance was awarded a National Alliance for Musical Theatre Writers' Residency Grant this summer to bring the creators of the new musical My Heart is the Drum to Kent State. Creators Phillip Palmer (Concept and Music), Jennie Redling (Book), and Stacey Luftig (Lyrics) will visit the School of Theatre and Dance in November to workshop the musical with faculty and students. 

My Heart is the Drum will be performed as part of the School's 2014-2015 season in February. It will be the premiere full production of the new work.
Learn More About My Heart is the Drum
School of Theatre and Dance Launches New Website
The School of Theatre and Dance launched a newly redesigned website last week. The expanded website provides more information and interactivity for students, faculty, alumni and visitors.

The new web address is http://www.kent.edu/theatredance
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