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Check out our 2017 - 2018 season of shows as we open up GVSU's new expansion including the new Black Box Theatre!

Fall Semester begins August 28.

Will Power Summer Camp for Kids is open!  June 26-30:  Two sessions: 9am-12pm for kids entering 1-3 and 1-4 pm for kids entering 4-6. Click here to see more information!

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. Read the January 22, 2017 article in the Lanthorn by clicking here!

Theatre at GV is a Ghostlight Project participant! For more details, click here.

Congratulations to the Institutional Marketing team for their award from the promotional package for Good Kids won a silver award in the 32nd Annual Educational Advertising Awards.  For more information about the awards, please see click here.

Will Power Summer Camp for Kids!

Will Power

To register or to see more information, please click on the image!

Student High School and Transfer Day

High School Theatre Day

Local high school students practicing theatrical movements during High School Theater Day March 31.
Photo Credit: Amanda Pitts

Grand Valley faculty and students recently spent March 31 teaching local high school students about the value of an arts education, and career opportunities in the field of theater during High School Theater Day.

The day-long event provided approximately 20 students, accompanied by their parents, opportunities to participate in various theater-based workshops spotlighting theater games, stage movements and the technical aspects of theater, including lighting board operation and stage projections.

Allison Metz, associate professor of theater and High School Theater Day organizer, said the event aimed to show students the value of a theater background once they enter the professional world.

“Employers want creative people who work well with others and who are able to consider multiple perspectives when solving difficult problems in a timely manner,” she said. “People learn and hone those exact skills in all aspects of the theatrical arts.”

During a time when there is a national push to enlist students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), Metz said events like High School Theater Day promote the value of an arts-based education as well.

“Because of the technical elements of theater production—from measuring sets to tracking production budgets to counting beats in a scene—theater artists already have a great mix of STEM understandings combined with an artistic view of the human condition,” she said. “An arts education is a liberal arts education in action, and that is the foundation for innovation in any setting and any professional field.”

For More Information Contact: Matthew Makowski in University Communications - (616) 331-2228

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!

PAC Expansion Opportunities

GVSU's PAC Expansion

To view a larger version, please click the image!

Please click here to see our Black Box expansion poster. And if you'd like to receive an emailed or a postal mailed copy, please send me an email at lanejack@gvsu.edu

Come Join Us!

Please visit our campus and facilities! Just email lanejack@gvsu.edu 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

Stay up to date on our latest offers and new additions! Click on the image to join!

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

The Making of Helen

Watch the making of Helen, March 2017!

Laker Effect

GV Shakespeare Festival's Will Power Summer Camp!

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!

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