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

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

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

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Ervina Boeve' Scholarship for Theatre Arts
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is not required; proven ability and dedication in performance, production or scholarly research in theatre
  • search and apply here
CAS Department Mentoring Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; planning to major in communication arts and sciences; demonstrate leadership potential for the communication industry; willing to work closely with a faculty member for at least five hours weekly as a research assistant for the academic year
  • search and apply here
David J. Holquist Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; communication arts and sciences major; demonstrate a commitment to serving others through such activities as community service, church involvement, small group leadership, and the support and encouragement of other students; preference is given to those working with victims of injustice/personal tragedy
  • search and apply here
John Miller Scholarship
  • award amount $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; demonstrate excellence in theatrical ability both academically and in performance
  • search and apply here
William and Matilda Monsma Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; English or communication arts and sciences major; pursuing a program in education or planing a career in a helping profession; preference is given to students from the south Chicago area
  • search and apply here
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business, nursing, or communication arts and sciences major or pursuing a program in engineering or education; Michigan resident
  • search and apply here
Phyllis Den Braber Van Andel CAS Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; communication, arts and sciences major (excluding speech pathology and audiology); theater minor
  • search and apply here
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Debra Freeberg

Debra Freeberg
Professor, Director of Theatre
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 250D
freede@calvin.edu
616-526-7011

David Leugs

David Leugs
Adjunct Faculty , Designer
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
SC 178
djl2@calvin.edu
616-526-6441

Talk to us

Garth Pauley Garth Pauley
Department Co-Chair
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DCC 273C
gpauley@calvin.edu
(616) 616-526-6294

Carl Plantinga Carl Plantinga
Department Co-Chair
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 270B
cplantin@calvin.edu
(616) 616-526-8664

Janice Hennink Janice Hennink
Department Co-Chair
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 260C
henn@calvin.edu
(616) 616-526-6288

Admissions

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Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Theatre as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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