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Future GVSU Theatre Students

Why Study Theatre at Grand Valley?

  • Starting in their first semester on campus, students can be meaningfully involved in theatrical productions.
  • Opportunities to participate in our annual Shakespeare Festival in all facets of the productions as well as scholarships, workshops and keynote addresses by visiting scholars, our touring Bard To Go show, our special high school performances and many other opportunities to become involved.
  • All theatre classes are taught by faculty who are readily available for consultation, academic advising, and independent studies or projects.
  • Faculty and staff with professional experience teach all theatre classes and guest professionals provide an exciting complement to the major.
  • Students may take courses outside theatre or pursue a minor or even double major in other disciplines to expand their opportunities.
  • Balanced coursework with production work.
  • Students participate at every level and they graduate with good overall training and experience.
  • Free master classes and workshops led by guest artists from around the nation.
  • While master classes do not offer academic credit, they are presented in our Allendale performing arts studios & performance spaces and do have pre-registration requirements because space is limited.

GVSU is unique among Michigan's schools for several reasons important to drama students.

  • We have the lowest student-to-faculty ratio of any state university.
  • Our program is entirely undergraduate.
  • GVSU offers well respected overseas programs.
  • Theatre-related career specialty programs are critical for success in today's entertainment industry: film & television, advertising, and public relations.
  • 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.


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Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students -  Thinking of attending GVSU? GVSU has been named "Best Buy" for the 20th year in a row and one of America's 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc. in Georgia!

Please follow the informational tabs to various links to find the information you may be looking for and contact us for a visit. Schedule a tour, talk to a professor, and see one of our shows for free! We will gladly offer free tickets to one of our productions for prospective students and accompanying family to experience our Theatre program.

If you are unable to find the answers or if you would like more information, please feel free to call 331-8176 or email us at Or go to our Theatre homepage or Shakespeare page!

We want to make certain you are on the most efficient path to graduation and there are many areas of expertise within the University that will assist you. We require no auditions to declare yourself a Theatre major or minor and you will gain experience in all aspects of the theatre. Grand Valley State University is an exciting place to study theatre. The program prepares students for careers that require skills in communications, creativity, and problem-solving, including careers in the entertainment industry. It provides professional orientation and background within a broad liberal arts framework, the cornerstone of GVSU.


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Theatre at Grand Valley

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Richard III - 2012

Richard III

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Make an investment in yourself that will last a lifetime!

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Please click here to see our suggested Theatre minor course.

Theatre students study a variety of topics, including:

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

Career Options

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
  • Directors
  • Performers
  • Teachers
  • Technicians

Click here to visit our academic information page for classes and choices. And read about us!

GVSU Theatre students may also participate in many organizations in and outside the Theatre program such as ReACT!, Bard-To-Go, Performance Studio Series, Greenshow, GV Shakespeare Festival, Alpha Psi Omega, S.T.A.G.E., Opera Theatre, Spotlight Productions, Student Senate, and many other opportunities to enhance your education.

GVSU students participated in the world premiere of several productions and are now published in Max Bush's new play, AN IDENTIFIED ENEMY, first staged a GVSU in 2012. Click here to read about GVSU's Alumn, Max Bush's newly published play by Dramatic Publishing, and how GVSU Theatre students participated.

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All's Well That Ends Well - 2015

All's Well

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Theatre Students 2011 - 2012

Theatre Students 2011 - 2012

Theatre at Grand Valley


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Much Ado About Nothing 2013

Much Ado About Nothing 2013

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Kindertransport 2013

Kindertransport 2013

Kindertransport, 2013. Click on the image to see more!

ReACT! 2015 - 2016

ReAct! Cast 2015 - 2016

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WEST MICHIGAN AND GVSU. Grand Valley State University is a four-year liberal arts school with an average enrollment of more than 24,000 students. We're located on the banks of the Grand River in the village of Allendale, minutes away from Michigan's second largest city of Grand Rapids.

Whether your interests lie in theatre, the world of film & television, the multidisciplinary arts area, or in some combination of these, GVSU has a lot to offer. We're the fastest- growing university in the state, and our graduates have found their degrees useful as general liberal arts experiences, or as preparation for advanced study and work in post-graduate professional training programs. No auditions are necessary for students to enter the Theatre program at GVSU.

Of special interest to theatre students is the range of area cultural activities of which the University is a part. Grand Rapids, Michigan's fastest-growing city with a population of more than 700,000, boasts professional organizations such as Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Ballet Company, The Grand Rapids Symphony, Broadway Grand Rapids, Dog Story Theatre, arts museums and galleries, two improv companies and numerous community theatres which perform year-round to more than 80,000 people. Three