The Theatre Arts program in MSUM’s School of Performing Arts is a rich blend of small size, extensive programming, dedicated faculty and full immersion into the theatre arts experience. From the classroom to the stage, you’ll become familiar with all aspects of the theatre, from lighting, costuming and design, to acting, dancing and singing. You will graduate with a well-rounded theatrical experience and be exceptionally prepared for a variety of careers. In addition to a BA in Theatre Arts, there are several emphases and related minors to choose from.
The Roland Dille Center for the Arts is home to Delmar J. Hansen Theatre and Gaede Stage. The largest public-gathering space on the MSUM campus, Hansen Theatre is proscenium-style, seating approximately 850. It’s used for events like the Cheryl Nelson-Lossett Performing Arts Series, University Theatre Series, MSUM Children’s Theatre and Straw Hat Players, among others. Gaede Stage is a thrust-style theatre that seats around 330, and is used primarily by the School of Performing Arts for its University Theatre Series and Straw Hat Players.
The MSUM University Theatre Series includes several mainstage productions, two annual dance concerts and many student-directed and/or created pieces each year. The mainstage productions involve students from across campus who participate as performers and technicians.
MSUM Theatre Arts offers regionally unique programs in Theatre Dance, Musical Theatre and Acting. The program offers numerous opportunities on stage and off: as actors, dancers, singers, designers, and stage managers, lighting and sound board operators, and house managers. You’ll gain a breadth of experience in all areas of theatre arts through several mainstage productions, dance concerts and Straw Hat Players productions.
MSUM School of Performing Arts faculty possess impressive artistic credentials, with an emphasis on active professional performance and a strong commitment to teaching. They regularly perform on stages and design productions in the Fargo-Moorhead community and nationwide, including for Fargo-Moorhead Musical Theatre, The Stage, Theatre B, FM Ballet and Fargo-Moorhead Opera. Faculty bring practical knowledge of the theatrical world and provide students with mentoring, performance and networking opportunities, professional connections, and the chance to attend national and regional productions, conferences and festivals.
At MSUM, you learn by doing. The lessons that take place inside of the classroom, coupled with external learning opportunities, give you the practice it takes to find success after graduation.