School of Theatre Arts
The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre School of Theatre Arts offers the most comprehensive community theatre education program in the country. We offer:
We are very proud to have enriched the talents, skills, and lives of over 1,100 students each year through the programs offered through the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre School of Theatre Arts!
Class Schedule & Enrollment
We offer a variety of acting, musical theatre and voice classes for age 4 through adult during Fall, Winter and Spring terms at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre School of Theatre Arts. See our current Course Guide for a class listing or view our classes in the Online Registration for class descriptions and full class details.
Summer Theatre Arts Day Camps
Our week-long day camps offer kids age 4 through teenagers a fun-filled learning experience to practice, participate and perform in a real theatre, on a real stage. Every camper has a part to play and will learn theatre skills from experienced theatre professionals. The finale of every camp is a performance for family and friends on the Meijer Majestic Stage, complete with lights and sound. Tuition includes a commemorative camp t-shirt.
Camp registration begins in March. Several sessions are available for most age groups. Information on camp sessions and dates will be available in January.
Summer Repertory Theatre Program
The Summer Repertory Theatre program is a wonderful opportunity for students age 14 - 19 with some previous theatre training. Each year, two shows are produced and performed in repertory (alternating shows each evening) by the students. This college-level program is supervised by theatre professionals and emphasizes training in the entire spectrum of theatre-related skills, from acting, to set and costume design, back-stage production, publicity, and more. Students are selected for the program by audition in May, and are cast in one show and serve as crew for the other. Each production is fully developed, fully rehearsed and presented as part of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Season.
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Traveling Troupe
The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Traveling Troupe is an outreach program that brings theatre to local elementary schools free of charge. Participation is by audition, and actors volunteer their time to travel one morning a week to perform on site at local elementary schools. Free community performances are also held at GRCT in March and as part of the Festival of the Arts in June. The Traveling Troupe presents a new show every year. To schedule a Traveling Troupe visit your school, please call 616-222-6653.
Need-based partial scholarships which cover 40% of tuition are available for both academic year classes and summer camps. Qualified applicants are served on a first come, first served basis. Application cannot guarantee a place in any class that has already filled to maximum enrollment. Please download a scholarship application using the link to the left for more information and detailed directions on how to apply for a scholarship. A new scholarship application must be submitted each academic year and each summer and applications must be received two weeks before the start of a term or summer camp.
Classes and Workshops are held onsite at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. See our map for more information on location and parking.
Ticket Package Purchasers – Save $10 on every class and summer camp when you purchase a Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Ticket Package. Discount applies to current Ticket Package Purchasers and their immediate family only. Not valid with any other discounts. Please call the Education Office at (616)222-6653 for your discount activation code prior to registration.
Attendance in all class sessions is very important. All classes are taught in a closed-classroom environment. Exceptions may be arranged by contacting the Education Office at (616)222-6653.
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