GVSU Theatre

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre | Bachelor of Science in Theatre | Theatre Minor

Acting | Costume Design and Construction | Directing | Dramaturgy | History of Theatre | Improvisation | Stage Design and Stagecraft | Stage and Theatre Management

Grand Valley State University is an exciting place to study and work in theatre. As a part of the Music, Theatre, and Dance Department, 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.

Your first steps are to visit the campus and apply for admission whether you are just entering as an undergraduate, transfer student or international student!

Please feel free to schedule a visit with us even IF you haven't applied or been accepted yet. Send a request to lanejack@gvsu.edu and we'll be happy to take you on a tour of the Haas Center for Performing Arts and talk with a Theatre professor!

Allison Metz, Associate Professor of Theater:

“Employers want creative people who work well with others and who are able to consider multiple perspectives when solving difficult problems in a timely manner,” she said. “People learn and hone those exact skills in all aspects of the theatrical arts.” During a time when there is a national push to enlist students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), Metz said theater promotes the value of an arts-based education as well. “Because of the technical elements of theater production—from measuring sets to tracking production budgets to counting beats in a scene—theater artists already have a great mix of STEM understandings combined with an artistic view of the human condition,” she said. “An arts education is a liberal arts education in action, and that is the foundation for innovation in any setting and any professional field.”

Theatre Program Description

Read about our program.

Theatre Major - BA and BS

Theatre Major Courses


A note on registering for classes:

PLEASE NOTE, THE THEATRE PROGRAM IS NOW A PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC, THEATRE, AND DANCE. AS SUCH, THE PROGRAM IS IN THE PROCESS OF REVIEWING AND REVISING ITS CURRICULUM. STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED NOT TO TAKE COM CLASSES AT THIS TIME UNLESS THEY ARE DOUBLE MAJORING IN A SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS DISCIPLINE. PLEASE CONTACT PROFESSOR JAMES BELL IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.

Check out the latest version of our course suggestions here.


The Haas Center for Performing Arts

The Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts

Picture of the Haas Center for Performing Arts Center

Read the Lanthorn article about the HCPA is recognized as a LEED Silver Certified building!

Take a virtual tour! Please see the Performing Arts Center and then click on the Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts, upper center of the map!

Purchase Tickets!

Box Office

Picture of the new black box exterior

Read the Mlive article by clicking on the image above.

Haas' at the naming of the Performing Arts Center

Read the article about the Haas Center for Performing Arts dedication in the Forum.


Upcoming Events

Our 2018-2019 Season!

See our
2018-2019 Season

 

See our current 2019 - 2020 Season

If you'd like us to mail you our current or next season's brochure, please email us and we'll be happy to mail you our 2019 - 2020 season brochure once we get our season finalized!

Next show up is our Mainstage show, The Imaginary Invalid, runs March 28 - April 7. Tickets are general admission in the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre. Check out The Imaginary Invalid webpage.

Auditions for the Fall Shakespeare Festival production, A Midsummer Night's Dream (September 27 - October 6), and our touring Bard To Go troupe will be on April 1 and April 2. Click for more details or call the box office at 616-331-2300!

Parking is always free after 6:30 p.m. during weekdays and free all weekend throughout the season! Park in Lots H & K or the Kirkhof Parking Lot. The Haas Center for Performing Arts is adjacent to the Kirkhof Center.

 

Coming March 28 - April 7!

Imaginary Invalid Poster

Click on the image to go to The Imaginary Invalid website!

Theatre News!

Winter Semester Classes begin January 7, Spring Break week runs from March 3-10 and Exam Week is April 22 - 27.

Open auditions for the September 27 -October 6, 2019 Shakespeare production, A Midsummer Night's Dream, will take place on April 1 and April 2. Sign-up in person at the HCPA box office, call 616-331-2300 or email lanejack@gvsu.edu for a slot! Or see more information on the flyer! High school performance (September 30, October 1 & 3) reservation forms (on-line) will be up soon!

Open auditions for the Fall Opera, The Boy Who Wouldn't Do His Homework by Maurice Ravel, will be held Friday, April 5 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sign-up at the HCPA box office, call 616-331-2300 or email lanejack@gvsu.edu for a five minute slot.


Get to know GVSU Theatre:

The Making of Helen

Watch the making of Helen, March 2017!

The GVSU Laker Effect

GV Shakespeare Festival's Will Power Summer Camp!


Thinking About GVSU?

Come Join Us!

Please visit our campus and facilities! Just email lanejack@gvsu.edu or call 616-331-8176 to set an opportunity to talk with one of our professors and take a tour of our facilities! Click on the image to view a larger version.

Donate To Our Theatre

Shakespeare Dress Circle contributions are always gratefully accepted throughout our 2018 - 2019 season.
Please click on the icon to go directly to Giving to Grand Valley donation page.
Go to our Shakespeare Dress Circle donation page and check out our donation levels and benefits!

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Click on the following links to find more information about other GVSU opportunities:

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 gvsu.edu/clas/.

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