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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 for Aleshire stage in Hartnett Hall, may include one classical work, one modern work (1880-1950), and one contemporary work (1950-present).
  • 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 we have a new academic program on campus called the Creative Dramatics & Stage Movement Minor. Courses include Musical Theatre Dance Styles, Stage Movement 1 & 2, Creative Drama, Acting 1, and other fascinating classes.
  • Finally, we are the proud owners of the MSU Summer Theatre company. The company will be entering its 52nd year the summer of 2017. Our focus during the summer is you, the audience. We select a season of shows you have expressed an interest in seeing and performances we think you would enjoy.

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 Smith
Chair of Art & Communication Arts
MSU Director of Theatre

Events Calendar
Ticket Info: 858-3172

Dancing at Lughnasa
By Brian Friel
Oct. 19-22, 7:30pm Aleshire

Student Body
By Frank Winters
Feb. 22-25, 7:30pm Aleshire

The Shape of Things
By Neil LaBute
Apr. 5-8, 7:30pm Black Box