Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance April 2014 Newsletter
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April 2014
Alumni Spotlight
Kim Powers (MFA in Scenic Design, 2006) was recently accepted into the professional union for theatre designers, United Scenic Arts Local 289. Her admission to this organization, which represents Broadway, film and television designers, is a reflection of her outstanding professional work. 
Tara Nicole (BFA in Design & Technology, 2006) recently sent the School of Theatre and Dance a photo from the Moroccan set of the feature film "American Sniper" where she is serving as the Trainee Director.  The film is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Bradley Cooper.

Tara is currently in the Directors Guild of America Trainee program and will officially join the Guild this summer. 
Faculty and Student Spotlight
Travesty Dance Group, artistic directed by dance professor Kimberly Karpanty, recently performed during DanceWorks '14 at Cleveland Public Theatre. Theatre student Emily Schrader performed a vocal score and dance education student Ashley Lain played the French Horn during this concert as well. 

Additionally, Karpanty presented a workshop this month at the Barcelona International Dance Exchange (B.I.D.E.) in Barcelona, Spain. 
Assistant professor Bill Sallak recently returned from a solo performance at the Northern California Performance Platform, held at the San Francisco Art Institute.

In addition, he will be performing at the inaugural Pittsburgh Festival of New Music this coming May.
Lighting and Sound Supervisor Jason Potts participated in the Mini Maker Faire, sponsored in part by the College of the Arts, at the University Library in April. For his very popular demonstration, he 3D printed squirrels.
Associate Professor Yuko Kurahashi was presented the Make a Commitment Award by the KSU Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement.

She also wrote a chapter, "The Personal Collage and Director's Concept Board Exercises for an Introduction to Theatre Class," for the forthcoming book Reading Between the Lines: Activities for Developing Social Awareness Literacy, ed. Joanne Dowdy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). 

Kurahashi also presented "A Comparative Analysis of Three Plays on Disasters" Omnium Gatherum, Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave, and Radio 311" at the Comparative Drama Conference held in Baltimore in April 2014.
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Help Transforum Theatre Travel to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Transforum Theatre has been invited to participate in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. The School of Theatre and Dance is proud to have students represent Kent State on an international stage. Members of Transforum Theatre will perform an original work, "A Collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales," written and directed by junior Daniel Ebert.  In order to defray the costs of traveling to Scotland, Transforum Theatre is holding a fundraising performance on May 6 at 8pm in the EZ Theatre. A $5 donation is requested for admission.

Transforum Theatre is also raising funds via an online Kickstarter campaign.
Senior BFA Dance Performance Student
Wins Top Honors in Stratosphere Art Competition
Congratulations to Senior BFA Dance Performance student Katie Scekeres who won Best in Show in the College of the Arts' Stratosphere art competition. 

The theme of this year's competition was the body. Katie submitted a dance performance video and took home the top prize. 

Katie's entry is currently on display at the School of Art's Downtown Gallery.

The competition was open to undergraduates in any major.
Kent Dance Ensemble: Movin' On Up;
Pride and Prejudice Close 2013-2014 Season
The Kent Dance Ensemble presented its fantastic concert, Movin' On Up, April 4 - 6 in the E. Turner Stump Theatre. To see photos of the show, visit the School of Theatre and Dance's online photo gallery.

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Kent Dance Ensemble.
Congratulations to the entire Pride and Prejudice team on their sold out run from April 18 - 27 in Wright-Curtis Theatre! Pride and Prejudice was the 2013-2014 Roe Green Visiting Director Series presentation.

View the photo gallery.
Starmites Writer, Composer
Barry Keating Visits Campus
Broadway composer, lyricist and writer Barry Keating visited the School of Theatre and Dance during April and presented a Master Class to students. Keating was also on campus to work with the Porthouse Theatre production team on his show Starmites which opens as part on Porthouse's 2014 season on July 4. 
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