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 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

Suggested Coursework

Theatre Major - BA and BS

Theatre Major Electives

The Haas Center for Performing Arts Opens August 25!

New Black Box

To read the Mlive article, click on the image. To read the latest Lanthorn article, please click here.


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


To see more of the Haas Center for Performing Arts, please click on the image!

Upcoming Events

Our 2017-2018 Season!

Learn more about our
2017-2018 Season

If you'd like us to mail you our current or next season's brochure, please click here!

For information on J. B. (March 23 - 31, 2018) and No Exit (April 5 - 8, 2018), please click on the banner above.

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.

Classes end April 21 and exam week runs April 23 - 28, 2018.

Grand Valley State University lost a valuable member of its community, Jake Jager. With regret, Jake passed away March 3, 2018. See Jake's accomplishments for GVSU. We wish his family much love from the University.

Theatre News!

Shakespeare Workshop presented by Katherine Mayberry, March 16, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in HCPA, Room 1721. Sign-up at the box office or call 616-331-2300. Space is limited so get expert advice on presenting your monologue! Click here to read more on the workshop!

Read about ReACT's "Like, Love, Lust, or Bust!: ReACT! Presents Healthy Relationships for College Students"! Click here to read the story in GVNow! Attend the free March 20 performance or read more about it here!

April 6 - Lake Experience Day! High school and college transfers, plan on attending our 2018 Lake Experience Days for Theatre, April 6, from 1pm to 5pm. Register here and Click here to see the schedule of activities, workshops, tours plus the option to obtain up to four FREE tickets to see our PS Show, No Exit! If you can't make it on the 6th of April, there will be a shorter version on April 13 from 1pm to 3pm.

Information and auditions for our 2018 - 2019 season will be coming soon! Our 25th Shakespeare Silver Coronation anniversary show, King Lear, will run September 28 to October 7! Auditions take place April 9 & 10! Click here for details.

Come and watch the Directing II scenes, April 19 & 20, at 7:30 p.m. Click here to see the schedule and names of the shows and directors!

Our summer camp for children, Will Power, registration is OPEN! Sign your children up today for the June 25 - 29 or the July 9 - 13 sessions! Will Power Summer Camp is open to children entering the first through sixth grades. Click here to register!

And plan on attending the Shakespeare Conference, Thursday and Friday, September 27 & 28! Register soon and Call for Papers deadline is June 1, 2018. For more details and information, click here!

Theatre visiting professor, Shavonne Coleman, has been named a 2018 Theatre for Young Audience Emerging Leader Fellow. Read more here!

Next Up!

No Exit written by Jean-Paul Sartres

J. B. written by Archibald MacLeish

Directed by Roger Ellis


March 23, 24, 28, 29 & 30  . .  . . 7:30 p.m.

March 25 & March 31 . . . . . . . .  2:00 p.m.

Student High School and Transfer Day, April 6, 2018

High School Theatre Day

Local high school students practicing theatrical movements during last year's High School Theater Day March 31. Learn more here.
Photo Credit: Amanda Pitts


Scott Watson

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. 

February 2016 Puppet Workshop

Puppet Workshop

In February 2016, students took part in a week-long puppet workshop and held a free, public performance on Saturday, February 20. Click on the image to read the Lanthorn's article about it!

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!

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.


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

Email Club

Stay up to date on our latest offers and new additions! Click on the image to join!

Take a virtual tour! Please click here to see the Performing Arts Center by clicking on the blue number 16!

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 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/.

Page last modified March 15, 2018