Our 2014 - 2015 Season
Our 2014 - 2015 Season
Please join us for our 2014 - 2015 Mainstage Season! Information and brochure coming soon!
Tickets available now!
Please call us if you would like to receive our brochure at 616-331-2300.
Click here to read more about our production of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors!
Click here to listen to WGVU's Shelley Irwin's radio interview with Director, Roger Ellis, cast lead member, Paul Riopelle, and Assistant Stage Manager, Alaina Wilson!
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Please click here to watch WZZM TV13's coverage of Bard To Go, GVSU's ArtPrize entry, and more!
Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival’s presents
The Comedy of Errors
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Dr. Roger Ellis
September 26 – October 5, 2014
Tickets go on sale now! Please click here for ticket information.
ReACT! 2012 - 2013 Cast
Theatre at Grand Valley presents
The Women of Lockerbie
Written by Deborah Brevoort
Directed by Kiara Pipino
November 7 - 16, 2014
GVSU Opera Theatre presents
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Stage Direction by Karen Babcock
Artistic Direction by Dale Schriemer
January 30 – February 8, 2015
Theatre at Grand Valley presents
Written by Amy Freed
Directed by Karen Libman
March 20 - 29, 2015
Posted on May 14, 2014
Lydia Benkert, a 2012 graduate from Grand Valley’s theater program, is the first Grand Valley graduate to receive a prestigious U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Fellowship.
Benkert, a Spring Lake native, will travel to Ghana from August 2014 to June 2015 where she will study at the University of Ghana. After a semester of studying and researching, she will move to Winneba to live and volunteer at a school called Challenging Heights, a non-governmental organization founded by James Kofi Annan, a former child slave and recipient of the 2008 Frederik Douglass Award by Free the Slaves, which educates children rescued from fishing villages near Lake Volta where they are forced to work as slaves. Benkert will interview people and conduct research while writing a play that will focus on child trafficking, a large problem in the area. The play will be performed by students at Challenging Heights.
“The play will be used as an educational tool for the communities of Winneba and other villages that would like education about child trafficking,” Benkert said. Benkert believes performing a play will have an impact on how people living in the area think about the problem of child slavery and trafficking. “Showing audiences instead of telling them about issues like this makes the material more personal and relatable since it is right in front of them,” she said.
This will be Benkert’s second trip to Ghana. She first studied in the country two years ago, when she spent seven weeks in Accra and Winneba as part of the Grand Valley Frederik Meijer Honors College service learning study abroad program. There, she volunteered at Challenging Heights where she conducted an after-school theater program and fell in love with the children of Ghana.
When she returns to the U.S., Benkert hopes to have her play performed in the U.S. and plans to pursue a graduate degree in applied theater or theater for youth. She wants to use theatre as a means to inspire social change. “I want to continue to use theater to educate communities about different issues and to build confidence for the people performing,” Benkert said. She credits the education and support from faculty she received at GVSU as well as the variety of experiences she participated in both at GVSU and within the West Michigan community for positioning her to receive a U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Fellowship.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States. Students will represent the U.S. as a cultural ambassador while overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people of other nations. Students will join more than 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the program began in 1948.
The application cycle for the 2015-16 academic year opened May 1. Students and alumni interested in pursuing U.S. Student Fulbright Scholarships should contact Amanda Cuevas in the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships, 230 Mary Idema Pew Library, (616) 331-2699 to discuss and prepare for the application process. The campus deadline for applications is Friday, September 26, 2014. Complete award details can be found online at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/.
Grand Valley alumna awarded prestigious Fulbright research award
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To read about Bard to Go's March 2014 trip to Genova, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic, please click here!
March 14 - 16, Alaine Alldaffer, Casting Director for Playwright Horizon, held two free workshops and a performance to culminate the workshops.
Alaine Alldaffer & GVSU Theatre students, March 2014
Watch a GVSU Spotlight video with Theatre student, Brynhild Weihe - click here!
Nancee Moes (Magna Cum Laude, '09, Theatre) will begin pursuing her MFA in Dramaturgy at the State University of New York-Stony Brook this fall.
GVSU's traveling Shakespeare troupe performed before several hundred area high school students and participated in Shakespeare in Paradise in the Bahamas! We are working on a new date for the benefit performance of LOVESTRUCK! New date is April 16, 201
Theatre major Lydia Benkert has scored a great summer internship at the Children's Theatre Company. Her proud professor, Karen Libman notes, "The Children's Theatre Company is perhaps THE premier US Theatre for Young Audiences. This is a very competitive
After graduating from GVSU in 3 years, Aaron participated in Teach for America and spent two years teaching in Baltimore, MD, and received his Master's Degree in Urban Education from Johns Hopkins University in May 2012 with a GPA of 4.0! Now Aaro
August 12, 2013
For two sessions in July, GVSU will host its third annual WILL POWER SUMMER CAMP and host dozens of local children. Link to our Facebook page and see more photos and comments! https://www.facebook.com/GVSUShakespeareFestivalWillPow