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Theatre, B.A., B.S.

The Theatre program at GVSU provides students with unparalleled opportunities, onstage and off. The program offers a flexible, practical education in the theatrical arts, and prepares students for careers in the entertainment industry and for careers that require skills in creativity, collaboration, communications, and problem-solving. In addition, the program provides professional orientation and background within a broad liberal arts framework.

Visit the program website for more information.

Available as a minor.

Program Overview

The program is flexible, combining a strong core of theatre requirements, multiple elective offerings and hands-on production experience. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. A minor is also available.

Why Study Theatre at Grand Valley?

  • Participation occurs at every level and area in theatre production, so students graduate with many marketable skills and experiences.
  • Coursework includes a solid foundation of theatre training taught entirely by faculty members with years of professional experience.
  • Students may take courses outside of theatre, pursue a minor, or double major in other disciplines to expand their education.
  • The Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts features the state-of-the-art Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre for intimate productions, as well as a traditional proscenium space.
  • Opportunities to participate in the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival, Michigan's oldest and largest Shakespeare Festival.
  • There are opportunities for students to participate in touring productions.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


Students engage in a variety of theatre areas, including:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Stage and theatre management
  • Stage design and stagecraft
  • History of theatre
  • Lighting design
  • Dramaturgy
  • Playwriting

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
1300 Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts
(616) 331-3484

Admissions Office