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Theatre Arts

Do you have what it takes?
Our theatre program offers you several way to pursue your passion. whether it's in the spotlight or behind the scenes. Actors must be creative and believable. You must be physically and vocally adept as well as be willing to take risks. Those choosing theatre management over performance must be savvy in theatre, business operations, and marketing.

The stage is the thing
MAIN STAGE – Our main performance space is the Harold G. Aleshire Theatre in Harnett Hall. This Proscenium theatre hosts our mainstage season consisting of two productions each academic year. Our seasons include classical drama along with exciting and challenging contemporary works. There are ample opportunities for students from across campus to participate either on stage or behind the scenes.

BLACK BOX THEATRE – Our Black Box Theatre is the department’s second, infinitely flexible space. It serves as a classroom, meeting room, and performance space for student-produced projects and the occasional mainstage. The Black Box is open to any student who would like to produce their own work (pending faculty approval).

MSU CAMPUS PLAYERS – The oldest student organization on campus, Campus Players is an integral part of the Minot State Theatre Department. In addition to being heavily involved in the mainstage season, Campus Players produce their own work throughout the year. This includes a Play in a Day production, play-reading sessions, and the annual Holiday Show — a Minot community favorite for many years!

SUMMER THEATRE – The Minot State University Amphitheater has been the home of the MSU Summer Theatre Company since 1971. This beautiful outdoor theater is set in a grass-lined hillside north of the campus. Students have the opportunity to work with other theatre professionals from around the country to improve their technical skills and perform with them in multiple shows each summer. 

Career opportunities
At Minot State, our goal is to educate as well as prepare you for the working world. It is no secret — and even a cliché — that a career in the theatre is a hard path to pursue. In order to provide you with the greatest chances of success, we aim to produce well-rounded theatre graduates able to work in any aspect of the theatre world, whether on stage or behind the scenes. We also believe that the skills learned as a theatre minor are invaluable to everyone, no matter where your career path takes you.

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Be inspired . . . earn our theatre arts degree

Our faculty
Our faculty member is a dedicated educator, active scholar and researcher, and a creative visual and performing artist.

Our college
The College of Arts and Sciences provides a fundamental liberal arts education, giving students the knowledge, skills, and values to help them think critically and creatively.

Comedy/Tragedy Freshman Scholarship
Incoming freshmen who have participated in a variety of high school performance activities are encouraged to apply for the Comedy/Tragedy Freshman Scholarship.
Coursework spans every aspect of theatre production, from acting and directing to playwriting and production design. Classes for the concentration in Dance & Creative Movement include Acting I, Movement I, Movement II, and Musical Theatre Dance.
Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.