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Theatre Arts Program


In the Communication Arts Department at Minot State we see our production schedule and selection as a five pronged approach. During this academic season our primary responsibility is to the Minot State community, so seasons are selected with them in mind.

  • Our Mainstage Season, faculty-directed on the Harold G. Aleshire Theater in Hartnett Hall, includes a wide range of genres including classical works, modern works (1880-1950), contemporary works (1950-present) and original works.
  • Our Black Box season is much less structured and open to anyone who would like to produce a play. Prior to production, approval is needed. Black Box performances take place in our Black Box Theater, a converted classroom/costume shop/green room located on the east side of Hartnett Hall.
  • Campus Players, the oldest student organization on campus, produces the annual Holiday Production. In addition, the Theatre Department is offering a new Creative Dramatics & Stage Movement Concentration. Courses include Musical Theatre Dance Styles, Stage Movement 1 & 2, and Acting 1.
  • Finally, we are the proud owners of the MSU Summer Theatre company.

If you have any suggestions for the upcoming season, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you would like to view the history of MSU theatre, please take a stroll down the Theatre hallway in Hartnett Hall. There you can see one photo from every one of our productions since 1914.

We hope you enjoy the work we do here at Minot State University, and I promise we will continue to offer you the highest quality of entertainment we can. Enjoy, and we will see you at the theatre.

Dr. Aili Davidson Smith
MSU Director of Theatre Arts
MSU Summer Theatre Artistic Director


Events Calendar
Ticket Info: 858-3172

God of Carnage
by Yasmina Reza
Directed by Dr. Aili Davidson Smith
Oct. 19-22, 7:30pm Aleshire

Dinner Theatre
Written and Directed by Dr. Conrad E. Davidson
Nov. 2-5, 7:30pm Aleshire

by Lee Blessing
Directed by Angela Schnaible
Feb. 22-25, 7:30pm Aleshire

Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Dr. Aili Davidson Smith
April 19-21 and 26-28, 7:30pm Aleshire