Great theatre asks good questions and opens the hearts of its audience to new ideas through the eyes of its characters. It can also tell stories that communicate truth, including the truth of the gospel. The purpose of this program is to give students both a theoretical understanding of theatrical acting, directing and production, and the opportunity to develop their own skills in these areas. The Theatre program is completed in collaboration with Cornerstone University.
In this program, students will:
The vision of the Theatre program is to expand students’ communication skills, critical thinking, dramatic creativity, artistic expression and the range of theatre arts through courses such as:
Graduates of the program will be equipped to work in a variety of areas, including as a dance or vocal instructor, a costume designer, theatre company manager, director, producer, actor, or stage manager.
Students are encouraged to go on one of several theatrical exploration trips, to New York, Chicago, or Stratford, Canada, where they will meet performers and technicians and learn more of what it takes to succeed in the theatre business. Other students spend an entire semester in Chicago, interning with local theatres in a variety of roles. Still other students intern locally at Grand Rapids area theatres