About The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
& School of Theatre Arts
One of the largest community theatres in the country, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and School of Theatre Arts has been entertaining and educating West Michigan since 1925.
We are committed to enhance the cultural life of West Michigan by creating opportunities for people to enjoy live theatre performances using community artists, and to provide access to a comprehensive theatre arts education program for all ages.
We are continually working to ensure that the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre remains one of the great community theatres in the nation, through the passionate delivery of high-quality live performance, innovative and comprehensive education, enriching volunteer participation, and a superior customer experience.
Born in the Roaring Twenties, the "Civic Players" began producing four plays annually in the St. Cecilia Auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1935, the organization officially changed it's name to the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, and soon had over 1,600 season ticket holders and drew audiences of over 4,000 to each of six shows annually. The theatre continued to maintain itself through decades of economic and social changes.
During the 1960s, the Civic Theatre experienced unprecedented growth and emerged as one of the country's strongest community theatres. By the end of the decade, in a cooperative venture with the Grand Rapids Public Schools, the Civic began offering theatre classes to young people and further strengthened it's position in the community.
Today, the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre & School of Theatre Arts is the 5th largest community theatre in the country. We produce 9 mainstage productions each year with the help of over 800 talented volunteers who do everything from singing, dancing and acting, to building sets, sewing, ushering, and so much more. We truly are your community theatre!
The award-winning Civic School of Theatre Arts has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community theatre education programs in the country. We provide excellent training in everything aspect of theatre life for over 1,600 students annually. The Civic School of Theatre Arts has played a significant role through the years in successfully preparing students to participate in local community theatre, and has even helped to inspire professional careers in all areas of theatre production.
The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Board of Directors is made up of well-respected individuals from within the community (see list to the left) and represent many businesses and organizations that support the arts in the Grand Rapids area. All members are volunteers whose terms of service are explicit to the Civic Theatre's governing policy, and we strive to ensure that the Board represents a diverse range of views, knowledge and experience.
Our home since 1979 is comprised of four historic buildings, the Wenham Building (1878), the Hull Building (1890), the Botsford Building (1892), and the Meijer Majestic Theatre (1903). In 2004, local business leader Fred Meijer approached Grand Action about renovating the dated facility. The renovation, completed in September 2006, culminated with honoring the lead gift by renaming the theatre "Meijer Majestic Theatre." On the South wall of the main lobby first floor is more information about the 2006 renovation and the donors that made it possible.
The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre serves nearly 120,000 audience members and over 1,600 students each year. These services are made possible through the efforts of over 800 volunteers under the direction of our professional staff and teachers. Each of our nine annual stage productions provide performance opportunity through open audition and technical production support is selected through our volunteer recruitment process. The School of Theatre Arts offers classes in movement, dance, voice, acting and technical theatre through 3 sessions during the school year and special camps during the summer months.