Theater Department

NSU Theater has proven to be the regional mecca for the arts, boasting the talent to put on big-name musical productions such as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and drawing sell-out crowds from long distances.
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Performance opportunities
If you have a passion for theater, you can be part of that success – on stage or behind the scenes. The NSU theater program produces a diverse season of productions, involving students throughout the School of Fine Arts, as well as across campus.  These productions include fully produced musicals, plays, readings, cabarets and capstone projects.
Theater experience and careers

Northern’s theater program is rooted in the belief that the relevant artist is the thinking artist who couples the mastery and embodiment of concrete skills with knowledge of and sensitivity to the cultural environments of ideas, artistic forms and other persons. The program trains and educates artists, scholars and teachers in the rich traditions and current practices of theater and musical theater.

Committed to a teaching approach that emphasizes mentorship and individual attention to students, faculty members empower students in the development of their own personal strengths, provide them with tools and opportunities to realize their potential, and equip them for successful work in professional environments, graduate programs, and as lifelong learners.

Production facilities
Productions are staged annually in the recently renovated Johnson Fine Arts Center. This beautiful, state-of-the-art facility now boasts a shared 1,011-seat proscenium mainstage theater (Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater), as well as a purpose built/flexible seating 150-seat Black Box Theater for performance and instruction. Take a virtual tour of the Johnson Fine Arts Center.
Northern Fort Playhouse
The Northern Fort Playhouse near Sisseton, S.D., is a collaboration between the Northern State University School of Fine Arts and Fort Sisseton Commission, giving NSU theater students, alumni and guest professionals additional acting experiences and offering northeast South Dakota splendid live summer theater. Northern students fill many acting and production roles at Northern Fort Playhouse.
Northern's club for theater enthusiasts has remained active and vibrant since its inception in 1923.
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