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2016 - 2017 Season

2016-2017 Season Poster

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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 Michael Mueller, November 2016

* Grand Valley Opera Theatre - Sweeney Todd, February 2017

* Theatre at Grand Valley presents Helen directed by professor Karen Libman, April 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.

Shakespeare Festival Conference 2016

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!

Wanted: Theatre Scenic and Lighter Designer

Job Details:

The Grand Valley State University Theatre program seeks a scenic designer and a lighting designer each to design two productions for the fall. The first is the Shakespeare Festival production of Measure for Measure, and the second is the Mainstage production of Good Kids. Measure for Measure will be a large show with a contemporary setting in a proscenium configuration on Grand Valley’s Louis Armstrong Theatre at the Allendale Campus. Good Kids will also be in Louis Armstrong Theatre but in a smaller, onstage Black Box style configuration. Good Kids will require multimedia and projections. Compensation for the Scene Design for both productions will be $4900, and for the Lighting Design for both productions will be $3100. 


Previous design experience. Ability to work with faculty and student production staff. 

Send questions and letters of inquiry and resume to James Bell, Managing Director of Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival at

GVSU's New Black Box Construction!

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 will begin in May and be completed in August 2017.

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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


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.

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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!

Our 2015 - 2016 Season

Six Characters in Search of an Author

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Godspell - February 2016

GVSU's Opera Theatre presents Godspell

February 5 -14, 2016

To see the Godspell webpage, please click the poster!


Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

November 13 - 22, 2015

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And if you missed it, we had a free, encore presentation January 18 in Kirkhof, Room 2263, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. as part of the MLK Celebration!

Shakespeare Festival 2015

Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well, October 2 - 11, 2015

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Laker Effect

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. Last fall, professor Bell is taught a class on Restoration Comedy Dramaturgy that coincides with the 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.

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

Restoration Comedy, March 2015

Restoration Comedy

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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ReACT! 2014-2015

ReACT! 2014-2015

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Urinetown - The Musical 2014

Urinetown - The Musical, February 2104

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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!

Alaine Alldaffer

Alaine Alldaffer & GVSU Theatre students, March 2014

Workshop Video!

Spotlights Import 12/20/13

GVSU Alum: Brian Quakenbush

GVSU Alum: Brian Quakenbush

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

Bard To Go: Lovestruck 2011-12 Performed in the Bahamas!

Bard To Go: Lovestruck 2011-12 Performed in the Bahamas!

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 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.

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:

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News Import 12/20/13

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!

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