Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NEW Winter Workshops

Musical Theatre


Broadway Actress, Laurie Veldheer is an alumni of the Civic School of Theatre Arts. She has appeared on Broadway in 
Mamma Mia! as Sophie Sheridan and Newsies (Original Broadway Cast). Graduating Penn State University with her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, she continues to study in NYC while pursuing her professional career.

Julia Freyer, a Grand Rapids native and Alumni of Civic School of Theatre Arts, is a proud graduate of Penn State University’s Musical Theatre Program.  National tour credits include: A Chorus Line (Judy) with Michael Bennett’s original choreography set by Baayork Lee. Regional favorites: Paper Mill Playhouse in A Chorus Line (Judy) directed by Mitzi Hamilton, Sacramento Music Circus in A Chorus Line (Judy) directed by Stafford Arima, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (The Producers, Curtains), Atlanta Theatre of the Stars (The Producers), Pennsylvania Centre Stage (The Apple Tree, She Loves Me, Pop!).  Julia is also a featured dancer with the American Pops Orchestra in Washington DC.  Julia currently teaches dance to children and adults in the New York City.

 Triple Threat Prep: Vocal, Acting & Dance with Laurie Veldheer and Julia Freyer 

Looking to perfect your vocal, acting & dance skills before Winter & Spring auditions?  Let Broadway actress, Laurie Veldheer and NYC based audition coach, Julia Freyer take the mystery out of auditioning for musical theatre.   Whether you are a beginner, or a veteran performer, Laurie and Julia will help you reach new heights and get the most out of your audition experience.

Session 1 (ages 8-12): Tuesday, December 22, 10am-3:30pm
Session 1 will work on Music first, then have an hour break for lunch and to change into dance clothes for the dance portion of the workshop.

To sign up for session 1 of the workshop

Session 2 (ages 13-Adults): Tuesday, December 22, 11:30am-5:00pm
Session 2 will work on dance first, then have an hour break for lunch before working on the musical portion of the workshop.  

To sign up for sesson 2 of the workshop

FEE: $225.00

 Vocal Intensive with Laurie Veldheer 

For those looking to focus on the vocal portion of their audition, this is the workshop for you! Broadway actress Laurie Veldheer will help students choose appropriate material, maximize their vocal potential, and make strong acting choices. Anyone is welcome to register for this workshop, and students who have already taken the December 22nd workshop will benefit from added coaching and one-on-one time.

Session 1 (8-12 year olds): December 29th, 10am-1pm
To sign up for session 1 of the workshop

Session 2 (13-Adults): December 29th, 2pm-5pm 
To sign up for session 2 of the workshop

FEE: $150

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Marketing and Events Internship - Winter 2016

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre - Marketing and Events Internship

Winter 2016

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s mission: We are committed to enhance the cultural life of West Michigan by creating opportunities for people to enjoy live theatre performances using community artists, and to provide access to a comprehensive theatre arts education program for all ages.

Responsibilities/ Tasks include:

- Manage, support and/or assist with a range of specific events (e.g. Bright Lights on Civic, Back
  Stage Pass, Lunch & Learn, member & donor events, individual cultivation events, and other    
- Assist in the research and cultivation of new sponsorship opportunities
- Assist with database management
- Provide support on development projects: including 2016-17 membership mailing, quarterly  
  newsletters, and show promotion to member/donors
- Monitor show attendances counts
- Write Press Releases
- Update community calendars for current and upcoming season
- Research play selections for promotional content
- Take meeting minutes
- Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge and skill requirements:

- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Computer skills—Microsoft Office a plus
- Problem-solving, organization and time management skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Willingness to take initiative
- Ability to work in a collaborative setting as well as independently
- Ability to adapt and be flexible
- Knowledge of performances and classes available through GRCT
- Previous event planning and marketing experience preferred


Internship will run from January to May 2016, approximately 15-24 hours a week (or what is needed to fulfill requirements for college credit.) Position will include some evening and weekend activities.


This is an unpaid position; internship must be completed for college credit.


To apply for this position, please send cover letter & resume to by December 18.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

New class begins November 3


Classes tailored for children 4 years old to 1st grade begin on November 3, 2015
To register and for more information go to

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS CIVIC THEATRE is seeking to fill the following seasonal contract positions:

GRAND RAPIDS CIVIC THEATRE is seeking to fill the following seasonal contract positions:


Now in its 26th year, the GRCT Traveling Troupe is an outreach program that brings a one hour theatrical performance to Grand Rapids Area schools free of charge.  The troupe consists of volunteer child & adult actors led by a creative team of professional artists.  The 2016 Traveling Troupe will audition in early January, rehearse 3-4 days a week in January/February, and perform once or twice a week from March until the first week of June.  

DIRECTOR is primarily responsible for preparing the production for public presentation.  Duties include, but are not limited to: defining the artistic vision for the production, communicating the vision to the production staff, casting the production, staging the production, and developing the performance event as a whole. 

MUSIC DIRECTOR is primarily responsible for preparing the musical aspect of the production. Duties include, but are not limited to: assisting in the casting process, vocally preparing the performers, coordinating efforts to create a performance backtrack (if one does not already exist).  

CHOREOGRAPHER is primarily responsible for preparing the dance & movement aspects of the production.  Duties include but are not limited to: assisting in the casting process, preparing & teaching choreography to performers, assisting the director with movement based character work.

STAGE MANAGER is primarily responsible for managing the backstage operations and performance of the production.  Duties include but are not limited to: assisting with the audition process, training & supervising any running crew, preparing the stage & backstage areas for rehearsal & performance, maintaining communication with cast, crew, production staff, and tour manager, supervising set up & tear down at each performance, and overseeing all technical aspects of the production.

TOUR MANAGER is primarily responsible for booking the Troupe’s performances and coordinating all performance needs/details with the venues (schools).  Duties include, but are not limited to: coordinating transportation needs for the performers and production elements (set/costumes/props/sound), assists in the creation and distribution of promotional materials and educational guides, communication between the troupe and each venue.  

Interested parties should send a cover letter indicating their desired position, and a resume with references to Please note that in some cases it might be possible to combine the Stage Manager and Tour Manager position.  Deadline to Apply: November 15, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Search Is On for Associate Director of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is seeking a stage director dedicated to theatre education with emphasis in children’s and youth productions. Successful Candidate will have demonstrated success in live theatre direction and education, dedication to community theatre, and strong written and verbal skills.  Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is one of the country’s largest community theatres and houses a comprehensive education program, the School of Theatre Arts.  The Associate Director conducts strategic planning and implementation of the School with its Director and Registrar and directs 3-4 of the Theatre’s primary productions each season (August-June) and serves as the Producer for the Traveling Troupe (touring area schools once a week March-June) and Summer Repertory Theatre (2 productions by 14-19 year olds performed in rolling rep, late July-early August). This is a fulltime position that includes 80% of health insurance for employee and dependants, paid vacation, flexible scheduling salary range $35-45,000.  Degree in theatre, education and/or compatible field of study required, Advanced degree preferred.  E-application preferred: Cover letter, resume/vitae, and writing sample to Position planned to start by July 1, 2015.

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