• Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)
  • Minor

Grand Valley State University is an exciting place to study theatre. The program prepares students for careers that require skills in communications, creativity, and problem-solving, or for careers in the entertainment industry. It provides professional orientation and background within a broad liberal arts framework.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The program is flexible with a strong core of theatre requirements and multiple elective offerings to allow students to pursue their own particular interests. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.


Theatre students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Communication
  • Costume construction
  • Directing
  • History of theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Play analysis
  • Stagecraft
  • Theatre production

Career Options

Versatility is the single most important factor in obtaining work as a graduate of the drama program. Grand Valley theatre students have successfully completed programs in graduate schools and professional conservatories. They have found work in schools and recreation departments, repertory theatre companies, modern dance companies, and arts organizations as:

  • Administrators
  • Designers
  • Directors
  • Performers
  • Teachers
  • Technicians

Why Study Theatre at Grand Valley?

  • Starting in their first semester on campus, GVSU students can be meaningfully involved in theatrical productions.
  • Faculty with years of professional experience teach all theatre classes, and guest professionals provide an exciting complement to the major.
  • Students may take courses outside theatre or pursue a minor or even double major in other disciplines to expand their opportunities.
  • GVSU balances coursework with production work. Students participate at every level and area in theatre production, so they graduate with good overall training and experience.
  • Since 1998, the theatre program has taken its students to international theatre festivals in North and South America for 10-day residencies during which they have participated in management and technical production tasks while enjoying an intercultural environment of workshops, performances, and social events with theatre groups from Europe and third-world countries.

For More Information

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I love my students. The students who come to Grand Valley and get into theatre are excited about learning. I also love what I teach. Theatre is about life and giving form to feelings through work that we share.


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