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 specific program sections below.


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

Choral Ensembles

Early Music Ensemble

Jazz Ensembles

Laker Marching Band

New Music Ensemble

Opera Theatre


Percussion Ensembles

University Bands


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)

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

Actors: Audition notices will be posted here as they become available.


Technicians/Crew Members: Please email your interest to Chris Mahlmann at [email protected]

We conduct scholarship auditions at Michigan Thespians Festival and our annual Theatre Day

The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival is Michigan's oldest and largest Shakespeare Festival, having operated annually since 1993. More than 6,000 patrons attend our Festival activities each season, which include mainstage performances of the Bard's works, high school touring shows, workshops, new plays projects, symposia with visiting scholars, an all-campus student art competition, a Renaissance Festival, and other events. 

For more information, head over to the GVSF website at

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. We post these opportunities as they come in to our Theatre Blackboard site. If you would like to be added to the Theatre Blackboard site, please email Bridgett at [email protected]

the jungle book

Jungle Book (2018), Photo Credit: Jan Lewis


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

Past Guests Include

Charles Askegard, (formerly of Ballet Next, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet)
Kathryn Alter (Limón Dance Company)
Zelma Badu-Younge (Azaguno)
Julie Blume (formerly of Parsons Dance)
Richard Bowman (formerly of Royal New Zealand Ballet, Leipzig Ballet, Australian Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre)
Xan Burley (alexandance company)
Susan Brooker (University of North Carolina School of the Arts)
Sofie Clemmensen (independent artist)
Bryn Cohn (Bryn Cohn + Artists)
Amy Cova (Amy Cova Dance)
Natasha Davis (Morehead State University)
Autumn Eckman (formerly of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago & Hubbard Street)
Lauren Edson (formerly of Trey McIntyre Project)
Brian Enos (Big Muddy Dance Co.)
Mike Esperanza (BARE Dance Company)
Mina Estrada (independent artist)
Kristi Faulkner (Kristi Faulkner Dance)
Mark Haim (independent artist)
Melissa Hale Coyle (formerly of American Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet Co., Tulsa Ballet Theatre)
Randy Herrera (formerly of Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet)

Susan Kikuchi (Martha Graham Dance Company)
Lisa LaMarre (LaMarre and Dancers)
Rebecca Lemme (Acts of Matter)
Marlayna Locklear (Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, formerly of Dayton Contemporary Dance Co.)
Joshua Manculich (formerly of Thodos Dance Chicago)
Karen Milligan (Milligan School of Ballet)
Eddy Ocampo (formerly of River North, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago)
Amy O'Neal (Amy O/tiny rage)
Michael Spencer Phillips (RIOULT Dance NY)
Amy Rose (formerly of American Ballet Theatre)
Solveig & Mark Santillano (SoMar Dance Works, formerly of Pilobolus & MOMIX)
Leslie Scott (BODYART) 
George Smallwood (Paul Taylor Dance Company, formerly of Battleworks Dance Company)
Peter Sparling (formerly of Martha Graham Dance Company)
Alex Springer (formerly of Doug Varone and Dancers)
Melissa Thodos (Thodos Dance Chicago)
Simon Thomas-Train (David Dorfman Dance)
Takehiro Ueyama (TAKE Dance, formerly of Paul Taylor Dance Company)
Roger Van Fleteren (formerly of American Ballet Theatre)
Helanius J. Wilkins (formally director of EDGEWORKS Dance Theater)
Jesse Zaritt (independent artist)

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