Auditions and Workshops

Theatre at GV

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GVSU's Performing Arts Center Expansion!

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Grand Valley State University has budgeted $20 million for a two-story, 44,000-square-foot addition and renovations to the Performing Arts Center in Allendale. Construction began in May and will be completed and ready for students in August 2017.

Be one of the first students to experience the new facilities with better performance space, rehearsal rooms, classes and opportunities! Click here to see a larger version!

Read the story from Mlive by clicking here!

Haas Center for Performing Arts

Haas Center for Performing Arts

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Premiering in Fall 2017!

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Scholarships, Auditions, and Information

Theatre at Grand Valley will frequently offer auditions and workshops for upcoming productions. Please look periodically for new information for added auditions, workshops, and events.

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GVSU Opera Theatre announces auditions for Oklahoma!

By Rodgers and Hammerstein

Saturday October 28  In Room 1410, HCPA, from 10 AM to 5 PM

Callbacks Sunday October 29 In Room 1515, HCPA, from 1:30-6:30 PM

Performances February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11 In Louis Armstrong Theatre

Christopher Carter, stage director and choreographer

Music direction, Henry Duitman

Audition requirements:  One song in English, Please bring printed sheet music & pianist provided

Sign up at the Haas Center for Performing Arts box office in person, call 616-331-2300 or email lanejack@gvsu.edu

Dale Schriemer - Artistic Director

Schriemd@gvsu.ed

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The University Wits will be holding auditions for their second annual Christmas play, "The Night Before Christmas" - a new original play written and directed by Kyle Walker, the director of last year’s "A Christmas Carol" as well as the writer and director of "Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera" and "Shadows at the Sanford." 

When Natalie and her family come home to spend Christmas with her parents, she is welcomed by all of the memories of Christmas past. But when her past begins to haunt her, she is paid a visit by the jolly man himself, Santa Claus! But he is nothing like she thought he would be, but turns out to be exactly what she needed. This fun, family-friendly, and heart-warming re-imagining of the classic poem takes you on a journey through Natalie's past and her imagination, revealing the magic of Christmas and the meaning of Santa Claus.

Auditions will be held at Saints Peter and Paul School – 1433 Hamilton Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 – November 7 & 8, 7pm-10pm. Possible Callbacks on November 9, 7pm-10pm. COLD READS ONLY – no monologues needed. Performances will be December 15, 16, 17 at Dog Story Theater, Grand Rapids.

3 men, 3 women, 1 child

NATALIE – 30s, loving wife, mother, and daughter but weighed down by her past and her mistakes.

CLARK – 30s, Natalie’s husband – goofy and loving, full of laughter.

TAYLOR – 8-12, Natalie and Clark’s child, precocious and snarky. (*Can be cast as either a girl or boy*)

GEORGE – 60s, Natalie’s father, retired History professor full of stories and humor.

JULIA – 60s, Natalie’s mother, overanxious yet snarky and full of spunk

SARAH – 20s, Natalie’s sister, sarcastic grad student

SANTA CLAUS – All ages, mysterious and magical gift giver.

Perusal upon request at kwalker2525@gmail.com

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Click here for some "Frequently-Asked Questions" about auditioning for shows at GVSU

GVSU Theatre students, check Blackboard for casting calls for film, video, and outside GVSU opportunities!

We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Students will be considered for every role regardless of race, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, and/or socioeconomic background.

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Now that the March 1, 2017 is the deadline to apply for scholarships is past, next year's deadline is March 1, 2018! Students MUST reapply annually to be considered. Here are the current Theatre scholarships available:

Shakespeare Scholarships are available for current GVSU Theatre majors and incoming freshmen and transfer students majoring in Theatre. All Shakespeare Scholarship applicants must submit an application through MyScholarships.

However, Production Assistantships and roles in the show are available for Theatre majors, minors and all non-Theatre majors and minors. All Theatre majors and minors, non-Theatre majors and minors, incoming freshmen and transfer students are eligible to receive a Shakespeare Assistantship but must submit an application through MyScholarships.  Incoming freshmen and transfer students, if you are unable to access MyScholarships, please either mail lanejack@gvsu.edu or call 616-331-8176.

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Incoming 2017 Freshmen and Transfer Students, please contact lanejack@gvsu.edu to schedule a tour of our facility and to speak with a professor. We will be more than happy to provide you with some tickets to one of our shows if your schedule allows!

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Are you wondering what sort of careers you can build as a Theatre graduate? Have you heard horror stories from school counselors or parents about turning out to be a "starving artist?"  Then read this article about from "USA TODAY" how Theatre majors jump ahead of tech graduates in landing jobs: http://usat.ly/1cjXbQt. And follow this link to learn about the 25 valuable skill sets learned by college Theatre grads that make them highly employable in  ANY field: /cms4/asset/AFE45DA6-04DB-F27F-28CEC7DBE66738E5/what_theatre_majors_learn(3).pdf

Read an article from the February 2015 Grand Rapids Business Journal about Liberal Arts a benefit to graduates with "technical skills". Click here!

 

All's Well That Ends Well - 2015

All's Well That Ends Well - 2015

Richard III

Richard III 2012

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing 2013

Make an investment in yourself that will last a lifetime!

Current students, please be certain to check the available scholarship, directing, designing, advising, work/study, and many other opportunities.

Check our informational tabs and follow the links to the information. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please feel to call 616-331-8176. We want to make it as efficient as possible for you to complete your degree and maintain your graduation schedule.

The program is flexible with a strong core of Theatre requirements and multiple elective offerings to allow students to pursue their own particular interests. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

Click here for academic information on our Theatre major.

Click here for academic information on our Theatre minor.

Theatre students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Communication
  • Costume construction
  • Directing
  • History of theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Play analysis
  • Stagecraft
  • Theatre production

Versatility is the single most important factor in obtaining work as a graduate of the drama program. Grand Valley theatre students have successfully completed programs in graduate schools and professional conservatories. They have found work in schools and recreation departments, repertory theatre companies, modern dance companies, and arts organizations as:

  • Administrators
  • Designers
  • Writers
  • Directors
  • Performers
  • Teachers
  • Technicians

Why study Theatre and is it practical!? Here's what one of our graduates said:

"My theatre degree/training from Grand Valley has been an integral & valuable part of the creative individual & leader I am today. As I think about how useful my background in theatre has been in my career, the list is extensive. My training in theatre molded me into most importantly a team player, who values the individual/teammates over all else. Theatre is truly only accomplished & fruitful when it is an attempt of collaboration of the skills of many, coming together to work towards the goal of expressing the vision of a director or creative team. This is my main focus in my role, as I have the responsibility of instilling & maintaining the vision of what our marketing, brand, "voice," creative, etc. looks/sounds/feels like as a church. When I value the individual - people feel appreciated, respected, and ultimately valued; if this is achieved by my leadership approach and effort, great things happen & tasks get accomplished. Something else that comes with my theatre training is the desire to also strive to push others to flex their creativity in our work together, and that we are all always learning new tricks to the trade and new things about ourselves as artists. A bonus to all of this is that those I lead, develop into leaders, and develop other leaders like them, as well." - Chris Teller


Crimes of the Heart

Twelfth Night

Antona Garcia



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