Welcome to Theatre at Grand Valley!

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Upcoming Events & Important Information

  • To see our 2015 -2016 Mainstage Season, please click here!
  • Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students -  Thinking of attending GVSU? Schedule a tour, talk to a professor, and see one of our shows for free! 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! Find out why and please contact Jack Lane at lanejack@gvsu.edu!
  • Theatre majors are eligible for a few remaining Shakespeare Scholarships to be awarded for the Winter of 2016. Applications are due December 1, 2015. For more information, call the box office at 616-331-8176. If you are a Theatre major and interested in receiving a scholarship, applications are now being accepted until December 1, 2015. To considered, you MUST apply with a cover letter and a copy of your transcript. Please submit your applications by hard copies to Professors Bell or Ellis or drop off your application at the Louis Armstrong Theatre box office, Monday through Friday between 10am and 5pm. On-line submissions may be sent to either Professor Bell (bellja@gvsu.edu) or Professor Ellis (ellisr@gvsu.edu). Remember, the deadline is December 1 at 5:00pm and you must be a Theatre major! Any questions, please contact Professor Bell or Ellis and don't delay!
  • December 10th, Theatre End-of-Semester Party from 6pm to 7:30pm in Room 1506. All are welcome to meet new friends, hear announcements, bid adieu to our graduating seniors and much more!
  • 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! Scholarships and Assistantships are due again on March 1, 2016.
  • Applications for Directors, Designers and Stage Managers for the PS Series are being accepted now until March 31, 2016! Click here to get an application!

GVSU Theatre

November 18, 2015 - GVSU Theatre students

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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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!

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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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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2010 Grad - Erin Courtney

2010 Grad - Erin Courtney

Last year Erin went to L.A. for two months and took a couple workshops: The first was at the Atlantic Theater School. She was among 9 people learning their technique from founding members.

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

GVSU Alum, Scott Cramton, is featured in GRPress article!

GVSU Alum, Scott Cramton, is featured in GRPress article!

Scott Cramton (foreground), Mlive photo-Cory Morse How a GVSU graduate made a killing with dinner theater business Click here to read the GR Press article!

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.

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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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