Scholarships and Financial Aid

Theatre at Grand Valley

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Antona Garcia

Antona Garcia, 2012

Richard III

Richard III, 2012


Comedy of Errors, 2014

Incoming Freshmen and Transferring Students

Shakespeare Scholarships, Production Service Awards, and auditions are available for incoming freshmen and all transfer students as well as current GVSU students!

Shakespeare Scholarships are available to Theatre majors only. Please fill out an application through MyScholarship by March 1, 2016 to be eligible.

Shakespeare Production Service Awards are available to all non-Theatre majors. Please fill out an application here by March 31, 2016 at 3pm to be eligible. To see all the available Production Service Awards, please click here!

To be considered for a Shakespeare Scholarship, you must commit to majoring in Theatre. Roles in the production do not require a major in Theatre and is open to all students. There are many Shakespeare Scholarships available so check:

It is recommended that you bring a resume or portfolio of your past experience for the audition, too.

Please check our website, , periodically. If you know that you would like to audition for a part in the production and/or a Scholarship, please just let us know and we'll get it set up! It shouldn't be too demanding at all so do not to fret! If you have questions or would like more details, please call us at 616-331-8176 or email at

Thank you for visiting our website and for considering GVSU Theatre. Please follow the informational tabs to various links to find the information you may be looking for and contact us for a visit. We gladly offer free tickets to one of our productions for prospective students and accompanying family to experience our Theatre.

If you are unable to find the answers or if you would like more information, please feel free to call 331-8176 or email us at

We want to make certain you are on the most efficient path to graduation and there are many areas of expertise within the University that will assist you. We require no auditions to declare yourself a Theatre major or minor and you will gain experience in all aspects of the theatre.

Grand Valley State University is an exciting place to study theatre. The program prepares students for careers that require skills in communications, creativity, and problem-solving, including careers in the entertainment industry. It provides professional orientation and background within a broad liberal arts framework, the cornerstone of GVSU.

GVSU students participated in the world premiere of several productions and are now published in Max Bush's new play, AN IDENTIFIED ENEMY, first staged a GVSU in 2012. Click here to read about GVSU's Alumn, Max Bush's newly published play by Dramatic Publishing, and how GVSU Theatre students participated.

If you would like to visit our campus, tour our facilities, and, if you're thinking about GVSU and would like to see one of our productions, please contact us by email ( or call 616-331-8176.

The program is flexible with a strong core of theatre requirements and multiple elective offerings to allow students to pursue their own particular interests. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

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Theatre Students

Theatre students, 2011 - 2012

GVSU Theatre students can participate in many organizations in and outside the Theatre program such as ReACT!, Bard-To-Go, Performance Studio Series, Greenshow, GV Shakespeare Festival, Alpha Psi Omega, S.T.A.G.E., Opera Theatre, Spotlight Productions, Student Senate, and many other opportunities to enhance your education.

Read about our Alumni and our placement record!


Grand Valley State University is a four-year liberal arts school with an average enrollment of more than 24,000 students. We're located on the banks of the Grand River in the village of Allendale, minutes away from Michigan's second largest city of Grand Rapids.

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Click here to read about guidelines for Shakespeare Scholarships.

Whether your interests lie in theatre, the world of film & television, the multidisciplinary arts area, or in some combination of these, GVSU has a lot to offer. We're the fastest- growing university in the state, and our graduates have found their degrees useful as general liberal arts experiences, or as preparation for advanced study and work in post-graduate professional training programs. No auditions are necessary for students to enter the Theatre program at GVSU.

GVSU is unique among Michigan's schools for several reasons important to drama students. First and foremost, we have the lowest student-to-faculty ratio of any state university. This means that all our theatre classes are taught by  faculty who are readily available for consultation, academic advising, and independent studies or projects. In addition, our program is entirely undergraduate, which means that GVSU can guarantee that students won't be crowded out by grad students. On the contrary, they'll receive hands-on experience with equipment, facilities, and opportunities for performance & production from the very first semester they arrive. Finally, GVSU offers well respected overseas programs and theatre-related career specialty programs that are critical for success in today's entertainment industry: film & television, advertising, and public relations to name a few.

Of special interest to theatre students is the range of area cultural activities of which the University is a part. Grand Rapids, Michigan's fastest-growing city with a population of more than 700,000, boasts professional organizations such as Opera Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Ballet Company, The Grand Rapids Symphony, Broadway Grand Rapids, Dog Story Theatre, arts museums and galleries, two improv companies and numerous community theatres which perform year-round to more than 80,000 people.




Kindertransport, 2013


Theatre students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Communication
  • Costume construction
  • Directing
  • History of theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Play analysis
  • Stagecraft
  • Theatre production

Career Options

Versatility is the single most important factor in obtaining work as a graduate of the drama program. Grand Valley theatre students have successfully completed programs in graduate schools and professional conservatories. They have found work in schools and recreation departments, repertory theatre companies, modern dance companies, and arts organizations as:

  • Administrators
  • Designers
  • Directors
  • Performers
  • Teachers
  • Technicians

Why Study Theatre at Grand Valley?

  • Starting in their first semester on campus, GVSU students can be meaningfully involved in theatrical productions.
  • Faculty and staff with years of professional experience teach all theatre classes, and guest professionals provide an exciting complement to the major.
  • Students may take courses outside theatre or pursue a minor or even double major in other disciplines to expand their opportunities.
  • GVSU balances coursework with production work. Students participate at every level and area in theatre production work, so they graduate with good overall training and experience.
  • Since 1998, the theatre program has taken its students to international theatre festivals in North and South America for 10-day residencies during which they have participated in management and technical production tasks while enjoying an intercultural environment of workshops, performances, and social events with theatre groups from Europe and third-world countries.
  • Free master classes and workshops led by guest artists from around the nation.  These training sessions deal with stage management, acting, and other areas, depending upon the type of guest artists who may be in-residence in any given year. While master classes do not offer academic credit, they are presented in our Allendale performing arts studios & performance spaces.  There is no charge to the campus and local community, but master classes do have pre-registration requirements because space is limited.


Follow the links below for more information:

Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Submit GVSU application.
View catalog information.
View the Theatre major requirements.
Types of Theatre scholarship opportunities.
Schedule a University visit with Admissions.

Production Activities

Opera/Musical Theatre

Management Frequently Asked Questions.

Internships and Senior Projects

Cultural Diversity

Management Studies

Career Opportunities

Entertainment Careers

Business and Corporate Careers

What Theatre Majors Learn

Film & Television Studies




Theatre students