We strive for excellence in theatrical production, guiding ourselves and our audience to insight into and empathy for God's world through authentic and compassionate stories of diverse human experience.

Overview

Calvin's theatre program incorporates courses in teaching, producing, acting, directing, design management, publicity and more. Courses, internships, productions and off-campus programs will challenge you to explore the human condition, and to develop the skills vital to act in, direct, design, promote and write pieces for theatre. Join the Calvin Theatre Company in its 3-4 annual productions and build a special sense of community with other theatre students.

Careers in Theatre

  • Member of a Touring Company
  • Writer
  • Radio Host
  • Studio Director
  • Stage Manager
  • More

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Student involvement

Participate in Calvin Theater Company; Put on a play for the 24 Theater or Film Festival; Join the improv team.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Theatre major

The theatre major requires a total of 11 courses that cover the entire range of theatre topics, including acting, directing and design. It also offers real-world experience in the form of an internship. As well as three courses that satisfy core, the major includes optional courses outside of CAS in dramatic literature and philosophy.

Theatre minor

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Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2013-14 academic year.

Ervina Boeve' Scholarship for Theatre Arts
CAS Department Mentoring Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • first-year
  • HS GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; demonstrate leadership potential for the communication industry
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department by February 1
David J. Holquist Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; preference to those working with victims of injustice/personal tragedy
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department
John Miller Scholarship
William and Matilda Monsma Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to students from the South Chicago area
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,600
  • junior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; Michigan resident
  • automatic consideration
Phyllis Den Braber Van Andel CAS Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; first preference to those pursuing a theatre major; second preference to those pursuing a major in film or media studies
  • apply through the communication arts and sciences department
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Faculty

Debra Freeberg

Debra Freeberg
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 250D
freede@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7011

David Leugs

David Leugs
Assistant Professor, director of Theatre
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 250-C
djl2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6441

Stephanie Sandberg

Stephanie Sandberg
Professor
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 263
ssandber@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6713

Talk to us

Randall Bytwerk Randall Bytwerk
Department Co-Chair
Department co-chair (budget & personnel)
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 250-A
bytw@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6286

Kathi Groenendyk Kathi Groenendyk
Department Co-Chair
dept co-chair (curriculum & assessment)
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 267
kgroenen@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6317

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