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Director Fabio Polanco and designers spoke about Kent State University’s production of Macbeth. The production runs from April 21 through April 30 at Kent State University's Wright-Curtis Theatre; for tickets, contact the box office at 330-672-2497.
Fabio Polanco serves as Associate Professor of Acting and Directing at Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance. He received his MFA from Case Western Reserve University and his BA from Temple University. Professor Polanco was the 2013 Recipient of Ashland University’s Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. A member of Actor’s Equity for nearly two decades, his acting credits include “Thenardier” in the Broadway national tour of Les Miserables, Missionaries at Brooklyn Academy of Music directed by Elizabeth Swados and starring Josie DeGuzman, the U.S. premiere of David Hare’s adaptation of Brecht’s The Life of Galileo directed by Mark Wing-Davey at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues at The Signature Theatre Company, A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre directed by Scott Ellis, as well as performances at Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cain Park, Porthouse Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, and Dobama Theatre.
Roe Green Guest Director Dennis Courtney and designers spoke about Kent State University’s production of Kiss Me, Kate. The production will run from February 24 through March 5 at Kent State University's E. Turner Stump Theatre; for tickets, contact the box office at 330-672-2497.
Mr. Courtney won the 2009 Israeli Theatre Award (TONY equivalent) for Fiddler On The Roof at the Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv. He has been the director/choreographer of over 150 stage productions. Favorites include Civil War Voices (off-Broadway, 6 MITF awards), Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, Can-Can with Leslie Uggams, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Producers, Ethel Waters: His Eye Is On The Sparrow, and The Last Five Years. He has conceived and staged many special events, award and cruise ship shows. On television, Mr. Courtney directed the 5th season opener of TV’s Perfect Strangers. As an actor, Dennis performed on Broadway/on tour in Starlight Express, Joseph…, Peter Pan with Sandy Duncan, Roza with Georgia Brown, The Fantasticks, Grease with Andrea McArdle and regionally in many other shows. Mr. Courtney is a former champion figure skater and proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. www.denniscourtney.com
Director Eric van Baars, Stage manager Emma Burns, and the designers spoke about Kent State University’s production of Into the Woods. The production will run from November 4th-13th at Kent State University's E. Turner Stump Theatre; for tickets, contact the box office at 330-672-2497.
Event Location: EZ Black Box Theatre, Center for the Performing Arts
Director: As Associate Professor in the School of Theatre and Dance, Eric van Baars teaches Movement and Acting and has directed productions of Oklahoma, The Diviners, Lysistrata, On The Verge, Honk!, The Wild Party, and A New Brain. He serves as Assistant Artistic Director of Porthouse Theatre where he has directed Pump Boys and Dinettes and Dames at Sea and choreography for Once On This Island, Big River, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Fantasticks. On the Porthouse stage, he has appeared in The Music Man ( Harold Hill), The Odd Couple ( Felix) Anything Goes (Lord Evelyn), Sweet Charity ( Oscar), Jesus Christ Superstar ( Herod), Guys and Dolls (Benny), and Oklahoma! (Will Parker). As a choreographer/director, Eric’s work has been seen at the Halle Theater, St. Louis Rep, Connecticut Rep, Berea Summer Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse and Cain Park. His performance credits include Walnut Street Theatre, GEVA, Theatre Virginia, Radio City Music Hall, St. Louis Rep, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cherry County Playhouse and Cincinnati Playhouse, as well as National and International tours. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Society of Directors and Choreographers.
Director Amy Fritsche, stage manager Meredith Sims, and the designers spoke about Kent State University’s production of Irena's Vow. The production will run from October 14th-23rd at Kent State University's Wright-Curtis Theatre; for tickets, contact the box office at 330-672-2497.
Location: EZ Black Box Theatre, Center for the Performing Arts
Director: Amy Fritsche earned her Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University graduating Phi Kappa Phi. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Southern California where she received the James and Nony Doolittle Award. She has also studied at Yale University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Beverly Hills Playhouse. Amy has taught acting, directing, and musical theatre at Southeast Missouri State University, acting at San Diego State University and The La Jolla Playhouse, and dance at numerous dance studios in Arizona and California. She has directed a number of plays and musicals including Anything Goes, Into The Woods, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Crucible.
Amy has performed in films, commercials and on stage. She has worked with Fox Animations Studios, Phoenix Theater, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, Star Light Theater of San Diego, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles, and toured with Theater League. Favorite roles include Rosalind in As You Like It, Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes, Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods, Grace Farrell in Annie, Jenny in Chapter Two, Juliet in Madly in Love and Countess Charlotte in A Little Night Music. Amy is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and AGVA.