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2016 Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Roger Ellis

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Shakespeare’s darkest comedy tackles the twin evils of power and corruption with outrageous humor, giving hope to the hopeless and courage to the powerless. His city caught in a moral free-fall, the Duke of Vienna hands over power to Lord Angelo, who enforces long-dormant codes of chastity with zealous fervor. When Isabella, a pious young nun, pleads for the life of her condemned brother, Angelo's response is surprisingly sensual — revealing a web of desire, deception, and hypocrisy that infects every
corner of society.

September 30*, October 1*, 6**, and 7 at 7:30 p.m.
October 2*, 8, and 9 at 2 p.m.

*Great Laker Weekend

**Sign language interpretation available.

High School Matinee Performances October 3, 4, and 6 at 10 a.m. available to area high schools only by contacting

Tickets are on sale range from $6 for students, $12 for faculty, staff, seniors and $14 for all adults.


For tickets call the Louis Armstrong Theatre box office at 616-331-2300, stop by the 2020 Desk in the Kirkof Center or through Startickets.

For more information, please go to our webpage by clicking here!

2016 - 2017 Season

Announcing our 2016 - 2017 Season!

* Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival presents Measure for Measure directed by Dr. Roger Ellis, September 30 to October 9, 2016

   High School matinee performances October 3, 4 & 6. For more information and to reserve your school's tickets, please email

   Each ticket for students are $2.50 each and includes a box lunch (and tour of the campus!).

* Theatre at Grand Valley presents Good Kids directed by professor Dennis Henry, November 11 - 20, 2016

* Grand Valley Opera Theatre - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, directed by Christopher Carter, February 3 - 12, 2017

* Theatre at Grand Valley presents Helen directed by professor Karen Libman, March 24 - April 2, 2017

Bard To Go - our touring Shakespeare troupe visits area schools. For more information and to reserve a day for the cast to visit your school, please contact

ReACT! - ReACT! performs live scenes, with GVSU student actors on the GVSU campus, which aim to help prevent incidents of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Audience members will explore how they can engage in realistic, safe, and effective methods of preventing violence. ReACT! is the product of a partnership between the GVSU Women's Center and the School of Communications Theatre area, and is funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.

Please click here to see a poster of our 2016 - 2017 season.


Our bi-annual Shakespeare Festival Conference, Pedagogy and Performance, is set for October 7 - 9, 2016. Watch for more details and mark your calendar now!

Please click here to see more about our conference and our Call for Papers!

GVSU's Performing Arts Center Expansion!

New Black Box

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 images of our new space!

Click on the image to read the story on Mlive!

Come Join Us!

Please visit our campus and facilities! Just email or call 616-331-8176 to set an opportunity to talk with one of our professors and take a tour of our facilities! Click on the image to view a larger version.


Shakespeare Dress Circle contributions are always gratefully accepted throughout the season.

Please click on the icon to go directly to Giving to Grand Valley donation page.

Or click here to go to our Shakespeare Dress Circle donation page and check out our donation levels and benefits!

Email Club

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Take a virtual tour! Please click here to see the Performing Arts Center by clicking on the blue number 16!

Laker Effect

Unarmed Stage Combat Workshop

Non-armed Stage Combat Workshop

Students punch and kick during stage combat workshop! Please click on the image to read the article in GVNow!

And to watch short clips, please click on these:

Spring Awakening



Killer Joe


February 2016 Puppet Workshop

Puppet Workshop

In February 2016, students took part in a week-long puppet workshop and held a free, public performance on Saturday, February 20. Click on the image to read the Lanthorn's article about it!

ReACT! Cast 2015 - 2016


ReACT! troupe Fall 2015
Back row, left to right: Jacob Molli, Mallory Caillaud-Jones, Lindsey Normington, Emilee Miller
Front row, left to right: Nicole Buchmann, Dez Begay, Rachel Dziabuda

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GVSU Theatre

November 18, 2015 - GVSU Theatre students

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