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2014 - 2015 Season

Our 2014 - 2015 Season is complete! Please check back soon and see this out 2015 - 2016 productions!


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Upcoming Events & Important Information

  • Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students -  If you would like to schedule a tour, talk to a professor, and see one of our shows for free, please contact Jack Lane at lanejack@gvsu.edu! And check out our auditions and scholarships for our Fall 2015 Shakespeare Festival production, All's Well That Ends Well information below!
  • PS Series applications for Directors, Designers, and Stage Managers deadline has been extended to March 31 at midnight!  Please submit your completed application to Blackboard. If you have difficulties, drop off a hard copy at the box office before 5pm on March 31 or call 616-331-2300.
  • Auditions for the 2015 Fall Shakespeare production, All's Well That Ends Well and our touring Bard To Go Troupe, will be held on March 29 starting at 7:30pm and March 31 starting at 7pm.. For more details and see how to sign-up, click here! Incoming freshmen and transfer students may also audition for a role on, Sunday, March 29 between 5pm and 7pm. Click here for more details for incoming and transfer students and for an application form, please click here.  Both days have audition 7 slots every 20 minutes. Sign-up in person at the Louis Armstrong Theatre (Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm), calling 616-331-2300, or email lanejack@gvsu.edu. Please come prepared with a memorized 1 minute contemporary monologue and 16 lines of Shakespeare.
  • Semester and End-Of-Year Theatre Party is April 16! Watch for more details.
  • Listen to Theatre professor, Karen Libman, March 19, 2015 interview on The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin. Click here!
  • New Theatre Financial Aid Procedures are now in place. Current and prospective students should go to the GVSU website and search for the new link: MyScholarships. You must complete an application first, submit it, and then you will see all GVSU scholarships, and you can highlight Theatre awards. This new page gives you information and allows you to apply!

ReACT! 2012- 2013 Cast

ReACT! theater group raises domestic violence awareness. Click here to read more about ReACT!

Want to see what ReACT! is all about?  Come check us out!  

THREE public opportunities to see ReACT! programs in April 2015!   

1.)  THURSDAY APRIL 2, 7:30-8:45PM, multipurpose room in GVSU Pew Library, Allendale

“ReACT!ing with Eyes Wide Open: An Anti-Sexual Violence, Interactive Performance”

-         “Teach-in” program in partnership with Eyes Wide Open

  -        Lib 100 / 201 approved 

2.)  MONDAY APRIL 6, 8:00-9:15PM, Hope College, Holland MI

(Room TBA, check ReACT Facebook page for updates)

“ReACT!: Engaging Bystanders to Prevent Interpersonal Violence and Support Sexual Assault Victim Survivors”

3.)  MONDAY APRIL 13, 6:30-7:30PM, Kirkhoff Center 2215/16

“ReACT!’s Year to Remember: Raising Awareness about Relationship Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking”

Please click on the photo to read the article. In observance of Domestic Assault Awareness month, a Grand Valley State University theater group is taking conversations about the power of language directly to students via The Rapid 50 Campus Connector bus. -

See more at: http://www.gvsu.edu/gvnow/index.htm?articleId=D274E803-C64D-3320-497536AFAD015988#sthash.ouXIrcm7.dpuf


Our 2015 - 2016 Season

2015-16 Season

More performances, dates, and times still to come!

Stratford Trip 2014


Twenty two Theatre students accompanied by Jim Bell and Karen Libman attended the production of The Beaux’ Stratagem at the Stratford Festival. This fall, professor Bell is teaching a class on Restoration Comedy Dramaturgy that coincides with the upcoming production of Restoration Comedy in April. Restoration Comedy is an adaptation of two Restoration period comedies-Loves Last Shift and The Relapse . The Dramaturgy class is an intensive study of the nature of Restoration period comedies including reading numerous examples. But in theatre seeing is always believing. As such, the opportunity to see a Restoration comedy performed by a professional company was too good to pass up. Half of the students who attended were from Bell’s Dramaturgy class and read the play in preparation. The production was outstanding and very much enjoyed by all. The Grand Valley Theatre students were an exemplary and enthusiastic audience. The stars aligned in that the production closed on October 11 with a Saturday matinee. This allowed the group to see the production after the close of the Shakespeare Festival that would have conflicted for many of the students, and allowed the group to travel to see the production and return in one day, saving on costs.

Bard To Go traveled to Italy and Czech Republic, March 2014

Bard To Go Italy

To read about Bard to Go's March 2014 trip to Genova, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic, please click here!

Company, Winter 2015

Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY

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The Women of Lockerbie, Nov. 2014

Lockerbie 2014

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The Comedy of Errors, 2014

The Comedy of Errors - Fall 2014

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Urinetown - The Musical 2014

Urinetown - The Musical, February 2104

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Sex and the Supernatural 2014

Sex and the Supernatural 2014

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ReACT! 2013-2014

ReACT! 2013-2014

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Alaine Alldaffer Workshop

March 14 - 16, Alaine Alldaffer, Casting Director for Playwright Horizon, held two free workshops and a performance to culminate the workshops.

Alaine Alldaffer

Alaine Alldaffer & GVSU Theatre students, March 2014

Workshop Video!

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Kristi McKay

Kristi McKay

After studying Theatre Performance at GVSU, Kristi McKay moved to Chicago, where she's been continuing her training in improv at IO Chicago, Annoyance Theatre and is currently in the Second City Conservatory program.

Theatre Student Pursuing MFA in Dramaturgy

Theatre Student Pursuing MFA in Dramaturgy

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.

Bridgett Vanderhoof - 2012

Bridgett Vanderhoof - 2012

Bridgett is working towards her MA in Theatre Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jill Zwarensteyn in LA

Jill Zwarensteyn in LA

Theatre alum pursues comedy dreams in LA! Jill Zwarensteyn (Theatre, 2009) moved to LA in 2010 and is already working in the business! Universal Pictures just hired her to promote the film "Hop" at different events throughout Los Angeles. Since

GVSU Alum: Patrick Holt

GVSU Alum: Patrick Holt

Round Belly Theatre Company founders in Oakland, CA. Check out their website and their review in the San Francisco Examiner: www.roundbellytheatre.com

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GVSU students in South Pacific

GVSU students in South Pacific

March 27, 2015

Read about two GVSU students appearing the Grand Rapid Civic Theatre's production of South Pacific.

Dezarae Degay in Civic's SOUTH PACIFIC

Dezarae Degay in Civic's SOUTH PACIFIC

February 11, 2015

GVSU Theatre student, Dezarae Begay, is part of Civic Theatre's February 27  March 22, 2015 production of SOUTH PACIFIC.

Summer 2015 Will Power Summer Camp

Summer 2015 Will Power Summer Camp

September 12, 2014

For two sessions in July, GVSU will host its fourth 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

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