MSU Theater

“All the World’s a stage” – give ‘em a show.

MSU Theater Department
The goal of the MSU Theater Department is to fulfill the education, creative and social needs of Mayville State University students. Opportunities are made available to all students, and participation is sought from the wider campus and community as well. There are ample opportunities to participate on stage, work behind the scenes, showcase talents, discover hidden artistic abilities, socialize, meet new people, develop friendships and, of course, have fun!

Scholarships for Theater Participants
An increasing number of scholarships are available for new and current students who show interest and aptitude in any of the dramatic arts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have theatre experience in order to audition for an MSU production?
No! Everyone who has the time and desire can be a part of the MSU Theatre program. Participation on the stage and behind the scenes doing technical work is encouraged.

How much time do rehearsals take?
Rehearsals are generally around two to four hours per week. The time is dependent on the cast member schedules.

Where do rehearsals take place?
Rehearsals take place in the Historic Old Main Theatre, located on the second floor of Old Main.

Can I get a scholarship for being in a play?
Scholarships are available for those who participate in the MSU Theatre Program in a significant way-  not only those who participate on stage, but also those who work behind the scenes in technical roles. The annual “Nights on Broadway” production and the MSU Foundation support scholarship funds for theater participants.

Who is the audience of MSU productions?
The audience is a mixture of students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Mayville-Portland community members are big supporters of the arts at Mayville State University.

Where can I see a production?
Productions take place in Mayville State’s historic Old Main Theatre, located on the second floor of Old Main, 330 Third Street NE, Mayville, N.D. Enter the building on the south main entrance or by the elevator located on the east side of the building.

Upcoming MSU Theater Production 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Lyrics by Tim Rice. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
April 3-5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.; April 6 at 3:00 p.m.
Mayville State University Old Main Theatre (2nd Floor), 330 Third Street NE, Mayville
Tickets are avilable at the MSU Bookstore, 701-788-4823. All seats are $10 each. MSU students admitted free with student ID. Church or school groups of 10 or more are $8 each. Groups must purchase tickets all together. Produced in special arrangement with R&H Theatricals.

Contact Information

Contact the MSU Theater Department by sending an e-mail to

Bob Sylskar
Director of Theater

Greta Paschke