Theatre at Grand Valley

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (BA) | Bachelor of Science in Theatre | Theatre Minor


The theatre program at Grand Valley offers students a flexible, practical education in the theatrical arts. The program prepares students for careers in the entertainment industry and for careers that require skills in creativity, collaboration, communications, and problem-solving. It provides professional orientation and background within a broad liberal arts framework.

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Twilight: Los Angeles (2015)

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The Imaginary Invalid (2019)

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The Tempest (2017)

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The Jungle Book (2018)

Degrees Offered

Theatre Degrees Offered

The theatre program provides quality student centered education and performance experiences within Grand Valley State University’s liberal education environment. The theatre program enables students to fully explore their potential as productive, literate, articulate, humane, and culturally engaged members of a global public through a close study of theatre theory and practice. Students so educated are able to bring highly developed aesthetic and critical skills, flexibility, and creativity to a wide range of graduate school and career opportunities.

Students may use the major as a preparation for graduate or professional work; the required courses provide basic training in essential theatre areas, and students planning to pursue more advanced work should take well-chosen electives in areas designed to increase specific skills. All theatre majors are required to participate in university theatre productions as actors, designers, production technicians and managers; academic credit is given for all such involvement. The program also supports students pursuing regional, national, and international internships as managers, publicists, technicians, and production assistants with major professional theaters and arts organizations. Theatre courses from overseas schools can substitute for GVSU theatre requirements for those students pursuing international studies.

Course Catalog: Theatre, BA/BS Student Learning Outcomes: Theatre, BA/BS 

Minors must complete 20 hours of theatre coursework. Minors must complete one course in the design/tech/management area, one in the theatre studies area, and one in the performance area. Most of these select courses also serve as prerequisite courses for more advanced theatre study. Minors must complete additional courses in any theatre area to fulfill the 20 hours minimum credit requirement.

Course Catalog: Minor in Theatre

Performance Opportunities

Theatre Auditions

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.

Fall 2021
Side by Side by Stephen Sondheim (a musical revue)
Ericka Mac – Stage Director
Brendan Hollins – music director

Performances: Oct 8, 9,10,15,16,17
Louis Armstrong Theatre, Allendale

Songs for all voice parts.  Up to 12 roles

Submit a video of yourself singing one song in English with karaoke track or similar.  MT selection preferred but all English is acceptable. 

Send it as a youtube link to:
Dale Schriemer –
Brendan Hollins –
Ericka Mac –

DEADLINE for submission April 26 11:59 PM

Stephen Sondheim has been the leading composer of musical theatre for the past sixty years. This award-winning revue of his earlier work, some of the most lush, unforgettable songs from this musical theatre master are presented in one magical evening. Featuring music from CompanyFolliesA Little Night MusicA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumAnyone Can Whistle and Pacific Overtures, not to mention the classics written with musical theatre giants, Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers, this dazzling array of some of Sondheim's best-known songs demonstrates his masterful craft and astounding creativity.


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

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. Please check back here often for new opportunities.

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Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

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Photo by Valerie Wojciechowski

GV Magazine Feature - August 2019

A great feature on our Theatre program is in the Summer edition of GV Magazine!

The article highlights our program's interdisciplinary approach to theatre studies, which provides our students with a well-rounded education and marketable skills.

Read more on GV Magazine's Online Platform.


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Lake Michigan the muse for New Music Ensemble's latest pieces bringing natural beauty to life through music

The group is performing pieces by composers who were asked to bring Lake Michigan to life musically.

Apr 16, 2021

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'Victors of Character' makes GVSU theater debut with livestream performances timed for viewing by K-12 students

The first performances start on March 5. The play explores a key moment for President Gerald R. Ford and an African American teammate on the University of Michigan's football team.

Mar 3, 2021

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All Production Photos are Jan Lewis Photography unless otherwise stated.

The Theatre Program is part of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. 

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance belongs to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Learn more at