John R. Crawford

John R. Crawford is Dean of the College of the Arts and Professor of Dance at Kent State University where he has taught and administrated for 24 years. Prior to his appointment as Dean, he served as Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs and from 1996-2006 was Director of the School of Theatre and Dance and Producing Director of Porthouse Theatre, a professional, summer stock theatre located at Blossom Music Center. John performed professionally as a dancer and actor with the Richmond Ballet, VCU Dance Company, Kings Productions, Busch Entertainment Corporation, Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit, Porthouse Theatre and the Leaven Dance Company. He has choreographed for Porthouse Theatre, Cain Park, the Halle Theatre, the Northeast Ohio Dance Ensemble and Dance & Company in Virginia. He holds a BFA degree in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University; a masters in Dance from James Madison University and a doctorate in Dance from Temple University.