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.
Theatre Major - BA and BS
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.
The Haas Center for Performing Arts
The Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts
Read the Lanthorn article about the HCPA is recognized as a LEED Silver Certified building!
Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival's King Lear Teaser
The 25th Silver Anniversary Production of King Lear directed by Karen Libman and starring Brian Webb Russell. Photography by Rick Malkin. Music "A Knell” by Robert Johnson (c. 1583 – 1633). performed and arranged by Pablo Mahave-Veglia. Video editing by Mallory Caillaud-Jones
From left to right: Alexandria Fetelea as Goneril, Brian Webb Russell as King Lear, Haley Jennings as Regan (standing) and Ariana Martineau as Cordelia.
Photo Credit: Valerie Wojo
Our 2018-2019 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 2018 - 2019 season brochure!
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.
Make your plans to attend our bi-annual Shakespeare Festival Conference! The conference is September 27 & 28. Find out more here!
Our 25th Shakespeare Silver Coronation anniversary show, King Lear, will run September 28 to October 7! Our 3 high school performances are sold out!
And plan on attending the Shakespeare Conference, Thursday and Friday, September 27 & 28! Register soon and go to our conference page for more details and information!
THEATRE PROGRAM GROUP ADVISING, Room 1721 Monday, October 15, 1:30pm-3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 16, 10:00am-noon. Make plans to attend to stay on track!
Auditions for the 2019 Opera Theatre production, Wonderful Town, will be held Friday, October 19 in HCPA, Room 1410, from 2pm to 7pm. Sign-up outside the Music's Office. Bring one, memorized song in English and sheet music of the song. A pianist will be provided. Call backs on Saturday, October 20.
GVSU Opera Theatre and GVSU Theatre productions have been nominated for outstanding achievement. The 2018 Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday October 21st at 6:00 PM at the Fountain Street Church, located at 24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The After Glow, will take place immediately afterwards, also at Fountain Street Church.
Grand Award Tickets Link: https://fountain-street-church.networkforgood.com/events/8503-22nd-annual-grand-awards
Outstanding Direction of a College Production: Chris Carter, Oklahoma
Outstanding College Production: Oklahoma
Outstanding Lead Actor in a College Production: Casey Huls as Curly in Oklahoma
Outstanding Lead Actress in a College Production:
- Alyssa Veldman as Ado Annie Carnes in Oklahoma;
- Lindsey Normington as Sally Bowles in Cabaret
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a College Production:
- Max Elkiss as Jud Fry in Oklahoma
- Jacob Miller as Schulz in Cabaret
- Seth Burton as Caliban in The Tempest
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a College Production:
- Christine Sankey as Aunt Eller in Oklahoma
- Kenya Shakir as Frau Schneider in Cabaret
February 23, 2019 is GVSU's Theatre Day. More details and events to come!
DEFY THE STARS AUDITIONS COMING!
As a part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations in 2018, the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival plans to produce Defy the Stars, by alumni playwright Scott Watson.
Alumni Production of a NEW PLAY!! Admission is free and open to the public Wednesday, October 3 and Sunday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. and October 6 at 2:00pm in the Keller Black Box Theatre.
We will also host a special Alumni Picnic for all festival alumni on Sunday, October 7 at the Grand Ravines Lodge of the Grand Ravines Park, just south of the Grand Valley Allendale Campus. Details to follow.
As a new event to celebrate 25 years of the Shakespeare Festival, we welcome back alumni from our seasons. Alumnus Scott Watson is finishing a new play, titled Defy the Stars, which will be performed as part of the 25th season. The play follows two actors being held at the Westerbork Transit Camp in the Netherlands in July 1942. In order to save themselves and others from deportation to Auschwitz, these actors stage a production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Watson graduated from Grand Valley in 2009 with a B.A. in theatre and currently works as an actor and playwright in New York City.
Thanks to the generous support of The Wesselink Family Foundation, the Joseph Stevens Freedom Endowment, and the Grand Valley Department of Political Science, we are able to perform Defy the Stars as a complex staged reading for three performances, with a full cast, and some production values. The production is staged by alumnus director Jason Flannery and features an all alumni cast and production staff.
Performances are free and open to the public and will take place in the new Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre in the Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts.
- Wednesday, October 3 and Sunday October 7 at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, October 6 at 2 p.m.
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!
Please visit our campus and facilities! Just email email@example.com 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.
Shakespeare Dress Circle contributions are always gratefully accepted throughout our 2018 - 2019 season.
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Go to our Shakespeare Dress Circle donation page and check out our donation levels and benefits!
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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.
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