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Forest Roberts Theatre

The Forest Roberts Theatre accommodates 514 people in a continental seating arrangement and has its own scene and electrics shops as well as state of the art make-up and costume facilities and dressing rooms. NMU’s theatre program offers extensive onstage, offstage and behind the curtain training. Opportunities for participation in the production program begin in freshman year.

The Colored Museum

Join us in celebrating Black History Month with the FRT's first all African-American production. Tony-Award winner, George C. Wolfe’s groundbreaking play, The Colored Museum, takes a satirical look at prominent themes and identities of African American culture and what it means to be black in contemporary America.

Fringe Festival

Four different theatrical pieces performed, produced, and directed by the students of the Theatre and Entertainment Arts program at NMU switch back and forth every evening! Come to more than one show, to get the experience of a fringe fest!

Upcoming Performances

Each academic year, the Forest Roberts Theatre offers local productions of national-recognized productions as well as many locally-written and produced shows that appeal to all ages and interests. Community members are invited to all publicized shows: Please see our season schedule to find out which productions are upcoming. 

Panowski Black Box Theatre

Much of this year's season will be performed in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. Follow the link to learn more about why we love the Black Box.

Let us help you

Contact us by phone 906-227-2553 or by e-mail theatre@nmu.edu or buy your tickets online. Our ticket window is open from 12-1. For season tickets, please call the Superior Dome ticket office at 906-227-1032.

This Neil Simon hit kicked off the FRTLast semesterTheatre majors and minors are a versatile group of people. The FRT provides many opportunities for students to work and play in a professional theatre setting. Hear from the students and learn more about involvement in our program.

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What you'll do at NMU

Studying at the Forest Roberts Theatre provides opportunities to work in your field before you even graduate. You can perform on the Mainstage or in the Black Box, run a show as a stage manager, and learn the ins and outs of the business from people like Paul Truckey, who worked on Broadway for years before returning to NMU to teach. Heavy emphasis is placed on both the performance and technical aspects of theatre in our major and minor programs, and there are also opportunities to be employed at the theatre in our costume shop, scene shop and box office, where you can gain an even more immersive experience on what it’s like to work in this field. We also offer graduate internships for the aspiring professional, as well as many other opportunities in the versatile world of theatre.

FRT Box Office906-227-2553 theatre@nmu.edu