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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

About Theatre & Dance

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The Department of Theatre and Dance is dedicated to two primary goals. The first is to provide students with high caliber training in theatre and dance that prepares them to create theatre of any kind at any level. The second is to provide Southern Minnesota with a multifaceted, high quality theatrical experience. These goals interweave to provide entertainment and education to those on both sides of the curtain.

About our program

The Department of Theatre and Dance is strongly committed to its students and to its audience. It offers the student a varied array of theatrical and dance opportunities exploring a wide range of dramatic literature and movement possibilities in three performance venues. Based upon a strong academic foundation, bolstered by a strong appreciation of the liberal arts, the Department literally allows students the opportunity to put their lessons into practice. This is done with the outstanding support of the local community. Over 35,000 patrons witness, support, and enjoy the Department's offerings each year, ranking it in the nation's top one percent of colleges in theatre attendance.

Ted Paul, the "founding father" of the Department of Theatre & Dance

Theodore Paul, Jr., who oversaw theatre as it grew into its own department in 1980, passed away on July 14, 2008. For more information about Ted Paul and the lives he touched, click here.

Production Schedule

MSU presents six major theatrical productions in its Mainstage Season. These productions are divided between the Ted Paul Theatre (four shows, usually two musicals and a combination of classic, comedic and dramatic shows) and the Andreas Theatre. One dance concert is held each academic semester in the Ted Paul Theatre. Four smaller plays, selected and produced by students (with faculty advice), are presented in the Andreas Theatre. ETC Theatre is an "open stage" with up to 20 minor offerings each year. Although the department regularly puts on shows that are appropriate for the whole family, most are not recommended for children under the age of 5. If you have questions, please contact the Theatre & Dance main office at 507-389-2118 or call the box office at 507-389-6661 before purchasing tickets.

Highland Summer Theatre is MSU's professional summer stock theatre specializing in light entertainment. Four productions are presented within a nine-week period of time using professional actors and MSU students making their professional debuts.

USITT Chapter

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance has a student chapter of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT). This chapter is made up of 15 students who are working on their undergraduate and graduate degrees in theatre technology, including Set Design, Light Design, Costume Design, Stage Management, Master Electrician and Technical Director.

USITT Mission Statement

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc., is the American Association of Design and Productions Professionals in the Performing Arts. The mission of the Institute is to actively promote the advancement of knowledge and skills of its members and to facilitate communication among individuals and organizations engaged in all aspects of design and production in the performing arts. The mission of the student chapter is to further our knowledge of theatrical design by:

  • disseminating information about aesthetic and technological developments
  • attending and participating in the USITT Annual Conference and Stage Expo
  • attending and participating in workshops organized by Northern Boundary Region Section
  • participating in the development of industry standards
  • sponsoring exhibits of scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, stage technology and architectural designs

USITT is dedicated to the professional development of men and women who are an integral part of the performing arts community.

Northern Boundary Regional Section draws its membership primarily from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa. USITT-NBS provides a forum for communication of all of us involved in design and technology. It is the goal of this organization to promote the exchange of information that is pertinent to design and technology in theatre, opera, dance, entertainment and allied professions. A web page, quarterly newsletter and annual workshops are designed to meet this goal.


Established in 1960 by a dedicated group of theatre professionals and educators, USITT has grown from its modest beginnings in New York City to a truly international organization. Today, USITT has its headquarters in Syracuse, NY, but its Board of Directors is drawn from across the United States and Canada. Elected by the membership, the directors and officers of the board operate a financially sound non-profit organization. This all-volunteer board meets two or three times a year to assess the current activities of the organization and plan for future programs, exhibitions and conferences.

The USITT National Conference and Stage Expo is held in different cities across the country once a year. It gives students a chance to learn new technology outside of the classroom by attending seminars and talking to vendors about their products. This also gives the undergraduates a chance to look for graduate schools to pursue their MFA in theatre.

To learn more about the student chapter or USITT, contact faculty adviser George Grubb. He can be reached at 507-389-5543 or

To learn more about USITT, visit the national web page at