Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance March Newsletter
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March 2014
Alumni Spotlight
Chris Richards (B.F.A. Musical Theatre, 2009) recently appeared in an episode of CBS's The Good Wife. Richards will next perform in an off-Broadway reading of John van Druten's "I Am A Camera" at the Mint Theater Company in New York City. 
Scott Gorbach (B.A. Theatre, 2011) currently serves as a Coordinator on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice. He recently appeared during a sketch on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and worked as actor Andrew Garfield's photo double during the production of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Yuko Kurahashi received an Engaged Experiential Educational Instructional Mini-Grant from the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement. She is using this grant for service-learning and educational components in her "Theatre in Multicultural America" class in Spring 2014.

Dr. Kurahashi also recently presented "The Celebration of the 'Historical' Community through Different Voices: Ping Chong and Talvin Wilks's 'Women of the Hill'" at the Mid-America Theatre Conference.


Dr. Rosemarie Bank 
recently represented Kent State at the Mid-America Theatre Conference held in Cleveland, OH March 6-9. Her presentation was entitled "Becoming Human: Theatre and Performance in Colonial America."


Professor Jakyung Seo presented at the 2014 Southeastern Theatre Conference held in Mobile, Alabama March 5-9. She presented a session entitled "International Festivals: How You Can Participate."
Professor Amy Fritsche presented two sessions at the Southeastern Theatre Conference held in Mobile Alabama March 5-9. In her first session, she taught a class in "Character-Driven Musical Theatre Dance" and in the second session discussed "Physically Nailing Your Auditions: Making Character Choices."
Congratulations to Managing Director Rebecca Balogh Gates who was recognized by the Kent State University Women's Center during their annual Mothers, Mentors and Muses program on March 11. 
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Kent Dance Ensemble presents Movin' On Up
The Kent Dance Ensemble will present its annual concert April 4 - 6 in the E. Turner Stump Theatre. This year's concert, entitled Movin' On Up, features jazz and modern dances choreographed by four Kent State faculty members and guest artists Christopher K. Morgan (Washington, D.C.) and Karen Stokes (Houston, TX). 

Professor Kimberly Karpanty serves as the Artistic Director of the Kent Dance Ensemble.
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Senior Musical Theatre Students Travel to NYC
for Performance Showcase
The School of Theatre and Dance wishes good luck and success to the Senior Musical Theatre students participating in the 2014 Performance Showcase. Performances, taking place April 7 and 8 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, allow invited casting directors, agents and managers to see students' work. The Showcase is a collaboration between Kent State and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
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Students Take Top Honors at SETC
The Southeastern Theatre Conference once again recognized two Kent State School of Theatre and Dance students for excellence in lighting design at this year’s SETC convention.
Senior BFA student Margaret Peebles (pictured on right) won first place in the undergraduate competition for her lighting design for the school’s February 2014 production of Legally Blonde. MFA Lighting Design student Cyndi Hoffman (pictured on left) won third place in the graduate lighting design competition for her lighting design of April 2013’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 
Dance Students, Faculty Choreography Featured at ACDFA Conference
"Celestial Celebration," choreographed by Professor Barbara Allegra Verlezza and husband Sabatino Verlezza and performed by Kent State Dance students, was chosen to open the Gala Concert at the American College Dance Festival Association's East-Central Conference in March. 
Roe Green Visiting Director Series
presents Pride and Prejudice
The School of Theatre and Dance will conclude its 2013-2014 Season with Joseph Hanreddy's adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Handreddy, this year's Roe Green Visiting Director, will also direct the production.

Performances run April 18 - 27.  
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