Theatre  
 

AQ Difference

 
The AQ Theatre Program is a hands-on learning experience. You will see your resume expand greatly when you begin your studies here.
 
Mention that theatre is your major and the response is sometimes a smirk.  "That's great, but that won't get you a real job!"  At Aquinas, our theatre majors know that their potential for employment is vast, because their AQ training and education gives them skills that employers are looking for in the community, American theatre and beyond.
 
AQ Theatre Earns 11 Nominations for 2015 Grand Awards

Congratulations to AQ Theatre for garnering eleven Grand Award nominations for its 2014-2015 season. AQ shut out the Best Lead Actress in a Collegiate Production category, with all four nominations going to Aquinas students/productions.

 

2015 Grand Award Nominations for AQ Theatre

Best Lead Actress in a Collegiate Production:

  • Kendra Mcinerney, Up
  • Taylor Nefcy, Shout! The Mod Musical
  • Zoe Collenberg, Melancholy Play
  • Sarah Osbourne, I Hate Hamlet

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Collegiate Production:

  • Caleb Jenkins, Up
  • Connor Manion, I Hate Hamlet

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Collegiate Production:

  • Gio Baretta, Up
  • Marisa Purcey, Shout! The Mod Musical

 

Best Director of a Collegiate Production: Randy Wyatt, Up
Best Director of a Collegiate Production: Kathy Gibson, Shout! The Mod Musical
Best Collegiate Production: Shout! The Mod Musical

 

The Grand Awards celebrates Grand Rapids area college and community theatres, and raises money for the Combined Theatre Scholarship Fund. The 2015 Grand Awards will be held on Sunday, Oct. 11.
 
Outstanding Senior Awards 2015
Senior Awards

Graduating Senior Taylor Nefcy was honored as the Outstanding Senior

for the 2014-2015 academic year.

 

Congratulations, Taylor!

 
The AQ Theater Program is well connected in West Michigan. 
Our students consistently win regional awards and perform or work at local theatres.   
  • AQ theatre students gain experience through internships, assistant directorships and other positions with Actor's Theatre of Grand Rapids, Circle Theatre, Civic Theatre, Jewish Theatre GR, Heritage Theatre Group and other regional theatres including Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Mich., and the Boar's Head Theatre in Lansing, Mich.
  • The AQ Theatre program is consistently honored at the annual Grand Awards, celebrating excellence in West Michigan college and community theatre.
  • AQ theatre students and alumni have appeared on stage in numerous performances at Civic Theater, including: The Foreigner and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Circle's Guys and Dolls, Noises Off and The Frog Prince, Jewish Theatre's The Value Of Names, and Actor's Theatre's Living On The Edge series. 
The Performing Arts Center is a collaboration between AQ, Circle Theatre and the League of Catholic High Schools.
  • Students can network and get valuable experience working with any or all of these producing organizations during the four years they are here, shadowing some of the finest designers in the area, and learning from each new show they work on.
With Michigan's film industry, our students are well prepared to work with new and developing scripts. AQ Theatre even offers free seminars called "Help! I'm a theatre major!" that teach students how to turn their theatre degree into a career, whether it be in the performing arts, arts advocacy and community arts, or in the traditional workplace.
 
Theatre majors have drive. They know what they want and they can envision themselves doing it.  Drive and innovation are coveted qualities in today's workforce.  At AQ, we encourage that drive and give foundations to your dreams.  So whether you find yourself in an audition or a job interview, you can confidently and happily say "Yes, I was a theatre major." 
 
Questions about the AQ Theater Program?
Our program director, Randy Wyatt, would love to talk with prospective students about how Aquinas can help them realize their career and personal goals!  Drop him a line at rew001@aquinas.edu.