Academic Information

Theatre at Grand Valley

Much Ado About Nothing - 2013

Kindertransport - 2013

Richard III

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Current students, please be certain to check the available scholarship, directing, designing, advising, work/study, and many other opportunities.

Check our informational tabs and follow the links to the information. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please feel to call 616-331-8176. We want to make it as efficient as possible for you to complete your degree and maintain your graduation schedule.

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.

Click here for NEW academic information on our Theatre majors and Click here for our NEW minor programs.

GVSU Theatre students study a variety of topics, including:

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

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
  • Writers
  • Directors
  • Performers
  • Teachers
  • Technicians

Why Study Theatre at GVSU?

  • Starting in their first semester on campus, GVSU students can be meaningfully involved in theatrical productions.
  • Recognized as a leader in offering new productions by GVSU Alumns. Students and the University were part of Max Bush's published play first staged at GVSU in 2012, AN IDENTIFIED ENEMY.
  • 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 work, 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.

Students can also participate in a paid position with ReACT!, GVSU's Peer Theatre Education. ReACT! is a partnership between GVSU’s Women’s Center and the School of Communications, with funding support from the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. Please click here to read more about ReACT!

Are you wondering what sort of careers you can build as a Theatre graduate? Have you heard horror stories from school counselors or parents about turning out to be a "starving artist?"  Then read this article about from "USA TODAY" how Theatre majors jump ahead of tech graduates in landing jobs: And follow this link to learn about the 25 valuable skill sets learned by college Theatre grads that make them highly employable in  ANY field: /cms4/asset/AFE45DA6-04DB-F27F-28CEC7DBE66738E5/what_theatre_majors_learn(2).pdf

For more information, please click the following to read more:

This is a short list of organizations Theatre students can participate. These are student run and organized so check out their information:
S.T.A.G.E. please click the organization's name and see their information.

ALPHA PSI OMEGA click on organization to link to their organization, a National Honorary Theatre Society

For more information on APO, contact President Kimi Griggs at

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