Roe Green Center Groundbreaking Celebration Scheduled for Aug. 28

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The groundbreaking celebration for the School of Theatre and Dance’s Roe Green Center will take place Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. at the E. Turner Stump Theatre. When completed in 2010, the estimated $12 million, 70,000-square-foot project will unite the school’s divisions of theatre and dance under one roof for the first time since the two programs merged in 1994.

The new Roe Green Center will unite the divisions of theatre and dance under one roof.

The new Roe Green Center will unite the divisions of theatre and dance under one roof.

Green's $6.5 million gift — the largest capital donation in the history of Kent State University — will enable theatre and dance students to learn in state-of-the-art classrooms, studios and labs. It also will allow students in both programs to collaborate in new and exciting ways in a performance space dedicated to student creative projects and new works.

New and improved facilities will include:

  • A new black box theatre for student creative projects;
  • New dance studios and support facilities, including locker rooms and a rehabilitation studio;
  • New acting studios;
  • A new lighting laboratory with intelligent lighting;
  • New classrooms;
  • New design studio;
  • Vocal coaching rooms;
  • New and renovated scenery, properties and costume construction facilities;
  • A welding laboratory; and
  • New computer laboratory and digital media studio.

The new black box theatre, which will seat approximately 200 patrons, will be added to the southeast corner of the current Music and Speech Building, near the intersection of Theatre and Jackson drives. The new lobby, including a new box office, will extend across the entire Theatre Drive side of the building and will create a brand new facade and entrance.

Three new dance studios will be added as a wing on the west side of the current Music and Speech Building. The Dance Division wing also will include a rehabilitation studio, locker rooms and faculty offices.

Extensive renovation and remodeling will take place throughout the School of Theatre and Dance to provide state-of-the-art production facilities and studios.

Roe Green, a native of Aurora, Ohio, received her master’s degree in theatre from Kent State in 1980. A patron of the arts in Northeast Ohio, she created the Roe Green Visiting Director Series at Kent State in 2002.

Having worked in a theatre environment for several years, Green describes herself as a director and “backstage person” rather than an actress. She has professional experience in stage and business management at the Cleveland Opera, Cain Park in Cleveland Heights and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She also was a competitive ballroom dancer for more than 12 years.

Green has served as a board member of the Cleveland Play House and as president of C.A.V.O.R.T. Inc. (Conference About Volunteers of Regional Theatres). She is on the women’s committees for the Cleveland Play House and Aurora Blossom Music Center.

The new Roe Green Center is designed by the architectural firm of Holzman Moss with the theatre consulting firm of Davis Crossfield.

More information about the Roe Green Center can be found on the School of Theatre and Dance Web site.

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