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2014 - 2015 Season

Our 2014 - 2015 Season

Please join us for our 2014 - 2015 Mainstage Season! Information and brochure coming soon!

Tickets will be available beginning August 19!

Please call us if you would like to receive our brochure at 616-331-2300.

 

2014 - 2015 Season

Our 2014 - 2015 Season.


Shakespeare Festival

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Shakespeare Conference

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Upcoming events

  • Incoming 2014 Freshmen and Transfer Students -  If you would like to schedule a tour, talk to a professor, and see one of our shows for free, please contact Jack Lane at lanejack@gvsu.edu!
  • Fall 2014 "Welcome Back" Theatre Party - Thursday, Sept. 4, at 5:30pm. Pizza, cookies, and beverages provided!
  • Auditions for the Fall PS Show, Bethany, Oct. 19 -21, and The Women of Lockerbie, Nov. 7 -16, will be held Sept. 12 & 13. Call or stop by the Louis Armstrong Theatre box office (616-331-2300) to reserve an audition slot!
  • Auditions for the January production of Company will be held September 19th from 3:30 to 8pm. Stop by the Music Office to reserve an audition slot!
  • Stage Manager needed for The Women of Lockerbie! Contact Professor Kiara Pipino or the LAT box office!
  • We are teaming up with Lake Traditions for Family Weekend and The Comedy of Errors so for more information, click here to go to their web page!
  • Read about our Shakespeare traveling troupe, Bard To Go, trip to Europe! Click here for a link to the article.
  • New Theatre Financial Aid Procedures are now in place for Winter semester 2014 and future years. Current and prospective students should go to the GVSU website and search for the new link: MyScholarships. Once you register, you will see all GVSU scholarships, and you can highlight Theatre awards. This new page gives you information and allows you to apply!
  • Alumnus, Max Bush, is featured about his new play, An Identified Enemy. Click here to read the article!

ReACT!

ReACT! 2012 - 2013 Cast


Season Poster


Our Mission

The School of Communications and its major programs, in agreement with the university’s mission, educates students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies.  The School of Communications curricula strive to accomplish this within a framework that integrates liberal and professional education.

The Theatre major provides quality undergraduate education and training in theatre within a traditional humanistic liberal arts environment.

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William Shakespeare's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival’s presents

The Comedy of Errors

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Dr. Roger Ellis

September 26 – October 5, 2014

Tickets go on sale August 19th!

Comedy of Errors

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Comedy of Errors

THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE

Theatre at Grand Valley presents

The Women of Lockerbie

Written by Deborah Brevoort

Directed by Kiara Pipino

November 7 - 16, 2014

 

Women of Lockerbie

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Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY

GVSU Opera Theatre presents

Company

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Stage Direction by Karen Babcock

Artistic Direction by Dale Schriemer

January 30 – February 8, 2015

 

COMPANY

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RESTORATION COMEDY

Theatre at Grand Valley presents

Restoration Comedy

Written by Amy Freed

Directed by Karen Libman

March 20 - 29, 2015

Restoration Comedy

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Lydia Benker Wins Fulbright Study/Research Fellowship

Posted on May 14, 2014

Lydia Benkert, a 2012 graduate from Grand Valley’s theater program, is the first Grand Valley graduate to receive a prestigious U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Fellowship.

Benkert, a Spring Lake native, will travel to Ghana from August 2014 to June 2015 where she will study at the University of Ghana. After a semester of studying and researching, she will move to Winneba to live and volunteer at a school called Challenging Heights, a non-governmental organization founded by James Kofi Annan, a former child slave and recipient of the 2008 Frederik Douglass Award by Free the Slaves, which educates children rescued from fishing villages near Lake Volta where they are forced to work as slaves. Benkert will interview people and conduct research while writing a play that will focus on child trafficking, a large problem in the area. The play will be performed by students at Challenging Heights.

“The play will be used as an educational tool for the communities of Winneba and other villages that would like education about child trafficking,” Benkert said. Benkert believes performing a play will have an impact on how people living in the area think about the problem of child slavery and trafficking. “Showing audiences instead of telling them about issues like this makes the material more personal and relatable since it is right in front of them,” she said.

This will be Benkert’s second trip to Ghana. She first studied in the country two years ago, when she spent seven weeks in Accra and Winneba as part of the Grand Valley Frederik Meijer Honors College service learning study abroad program. There, she volunteered at Challenging Heights where she conducted an after-school theater program and fell in love with the children of Ghana.

When she returns to the U.S., Benkert hopes to have her play performed in the U.S. and plans to pursue a graduate degree in applied theater or theater for youth. She wants to use theatre as a means to inspire social change. “I want to continue to use theater to educate communities about different issues and to build confidence for the people performing,” Benkert said. She credits the education and support from faculty she received at GVSU as well as the variety of experiences she participated in both at GVSU and within the West Michigan community for positioning her to receive a U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Fellowship. 

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States. Students will represent the U.S. as a cultural ambassador while overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people of other nations. Students will join more than 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the program began in 1948.

The application cycle for the 2015-16 academic year opened May 1. Students and alumni interested in pursuing U.S. Student Fulbright Scholarships should contact Amanda Cuevas in the Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships, 230 Mary Idema Pew Library, (616) 331-2699 to discuss and prepare for the application process. The campus deadline for applications is Friday, September 26, 2014. Complete award details can be found online at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/. 

For More Information Contact: in University Communications - 616-331-8138

Lydia Benkert

Grand Valley alumna awarded prestigious Fulbright research award

Click here to read the article in GVNow.

Theatre Links

Bard To Go traveled to Italy and Czech Republic, March 2014

Bard To Go Italy

To read about Bard to Go's March 2014 trip to Genova, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic, please click here!
 


Much Ado About Nothing 2013

GV Shakespeare Festival 2013

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Kindertransport 2013

Kindertransport 2013

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ReACT! 2013-2014

ReACT! 2013-2014

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Urinetown - The Musical 2014

Urinetown - The Musical, February 2104

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Sex and the Supernatural 2014

Sex and the Supernatural 2014

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School Of Communications

School Of Communications

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Alaine Alldaffer Workshop

March 14 - 16, Alaine Alldaffer, Casting Director for Playwright Horizon, held two free workshops and a performance to culminate the workshops.

Alaine Alldaffer

Alaine Alldaffer & GVSU Theatre students, March 2014

Workshop Video!


Spotlights Import 12/20/13

Theatre Student Pursuing MFA in Dramaturgy

Theatre Student Pursuing MFA in Dramaturgy

Nancee Moes (Magna Cum Laude, '09, Theatre) will begin pursuing her MFA in Dramaturgy at the State University of New York-Stony Brook this fall.

GVSU Alum, Scott Cramton, is featured in GRPress article!

GVSU Alum, Scott Cramton, is featured in GRPress article!

Scott Cramton (foreground), Mlive photo-Cory Morse How a GVSU graduate made a killing with dinner theater business Click here to read the GR Press article!

GVSU Alum: Brian Quakenbush

GVSU Alum: Brian Quakenbush

Round Belly Theatre Company founders in Oakland, CA. Check out their website and their review in the San Francisco Examiner: www.roundbellytheatre.com

Kristi McKay

Kristi McKay

After studying Theatre Performance at GVSU, Kristi McKay moved to Chicago, where she's been continuing her training in improv at IO Chicago, Annoyance Theatre and is currently in the Second City Conservatory program.

Mike Harthen Commercial

Mike Harthen Commercial

Follow this link to see Mike's recent commercial for Black and Decker tools! http://travisjsmithllc.s3.amazonaws.com/BD_MATRIX_SYSTEM_v2-1080p.mp4

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Students Nominated for I Am Grand Valley Award

Students Nominated for I Am Grand Valley Award

February 20, 2014

Five students affiliate with Theatre have been nominated for the 2013 - 2014 I Am Grand Valley Leadership Award.

Nominees for 2014 Iren Ryan Scholarships

Nominees for 2014 Iren Ryan Scholarships

February 12, 2014

Five students from GVSUs Theatre program were selected as nominees for The Kennedy Centers annual Irene Ryan Scholarships.

Summer 2014 Will Power Summer Camp

Summer 2014 Will Power Summer Camp

August 12, 2013

For two sessions in July, GVSU will host its third annual WILL POWER SUMMER CAMP and host dozens of local children. Link to our Facebook page and see more photos and comments!  https://www.facebook.com/GVSUShakespeareFestivalWillPow

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