Performance Opportunities at GVSU

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance provides numerous performance opportunities for MTD majors and non-majors alike. For more information, please see the Music, Theatre, and Dance sections below.

music ensembles

Music at Grand Valley houses a variety of auditioned and non-auditioned music ensembles. Please choose an ensemble below to learn more.

Choral Ensembles

Choral Ensembles

early music ensemble

Early Music Ensemble

Jazz Band

Jazz Ensembles

Laker Marching Band

Laker Marching Band

New Music Ensemble

New Music Ensemble

Opera Theatre

Opera Theatre




Percussion Ensembles

University Bands

University Bands

theatre production

All Theatre at Grand Valley production auditions are open to the entire student body, regardless of major. Audition notices will be posted here when announced. 

Recent productions include: The Imaginary Invalid, Wonderful Town (Opera Theatre), The Jungle Book, King Lear, Cabaret, The Tempest, Oklahoma! (Opera Theatre)


Our 2019-2020 Theatre at Grand Valley Season: 

Sept./Oct. 2019: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
November 2019: What We're Up Against by Theresa Rebeck
February 2020: Working, with songs by Craig Carnelia, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Mary Rodgers, Micki Grant and Susan Birkenhead
April 2019: The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge

sex and the supernatural

Sex and the Supernatural (2014). Photo by Jan Lewis Photography.

Each year, our department presents four Mainstage productions, as well as many special events. All production roles are open to all GVSU students.

Actors: Please check back here in early September for 2019-2020 audition dates. A Midsummer Night's Dream has already been cast, but our other 2019-2020 Theatre Season productions will audition roles throughout the school year.

ReACT! Anti-Violence Peer Education Group: ReACT! performs live scenes and uses interactive theatre methods, with GVSU student actors on the GVSU campus, which aim to help prevent incidents of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in a college-age population.  Audience members explore how they can engage in realistic, safe, and effective methods of preventing violence.  ReACT! is the product of a partnership between GVSU’s Women’s Center and the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and is funded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. Since the group's premiere in 2010, ReACT!'s professional peer theatre educators have performed for thousands of college students and social service providers across the state of Michigan. Please contact Dr. Alli Metz about the process of becoming a ReACT! student actor.


In addition to our department's theatre season, there are always student-run projects on campus looking for actors, directors, writers, and theatre technicians. Please check back here often for new opportunities.

dance company

In addition to classes, workshops, informal showings, and student choreography concerts, dance students have the opportunity to perform with the GVSU Dance Company. 

The Dance Company performs the works of faculty and guest artists, along with select student works, in two annual mainstage performances. These concerts are held in the Louis Armstrong Theatre on the GVSU Allendale campus. Keep an eye on our events calendar to see when you can join us.

dancers in the air

Photo by Darren Breen

Recent Guests Include

Becca Lemme, California Institute of Arts
Amy O'Neal, Amy O/tiny rage
Eddy Ocampo, River North, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
Lauren Blane, (Alumni in Residence) Chicago
Alex Springer, Doug Varone and Dancers
Melissa Thodos, Thodos Dance Chicago
Karen Milligan, Milligan School of Ballet
Lisa LaMarre, Detroit Dance Collective
Solveig & Mark Santillano, SoMar Dance Works, formerly of Pilobolus & MOMIX
Xan Burley, alexandance company
Michael Spencer Phillips, Pascal Rioult Dance Company
George Smallwood, Battleworks Dance Company

Amy Cova, Amy Cova Dance
Natasha Davis, Morehead University
Carly Klebba, Chicago Repertory Ballet
Helanius J. Wilkins, University of Colorado-Boulder
Brian Enos, Big Muddy Dance Co.
Charles Askegard, Ballet Next & American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet
Autumn Eckman, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago & Hubbard Street
Randy Herrera, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet
Lauren Edson, Trey McIntyre Project
Susan Kikuchi, Martha Graham Dance Company
Peter Sparling, Martha Graham Dance Company
Marlayna Locklear, Dayton Contemporary Dance Theatre

Page last modified July 11, 2019