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Forest Roberts Theatre: Theatre & Dance

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 and Dance programs offer extensive onstage, offstage, and behind the curtain training. Opportunities for participation in these programs begin in freshman year.

Upcoming Performances

Each academic year, the Forest Roberts Theatre offers local performances of nationally recognized productions as well as many locally written and produced shows that appeal to all ages and interests. Click the link above to view our current season, or click here for a brief overview of our 2018-19 season!

February Newsletter

Get an inside look into all of the things happening this winter semester at the FRT! The Fringe Festival and NMU Dance Concert are making their annual comeback, and rehearsals for Tarzan have begun... check it out!

Sweeney Todd Auditions

The first musical of the FRT's 2018-19 season will be holding auditions this upcoming March! For more information regarding dates, times, what to prepare, and who auditions are open to, please click the link above.


Tickets for FRT productions can be purchased at any NMU EZ Ticket outlet. You can also buy your tickets online. The FRT Box Office ticket window is open from 12 PM - 4 PM Monday through Friday. For detailed ticket information, please call the Berry Events Center ticket office at 906-227-1032.

Contact Us

Contact us by phone at 906-227-2553 or by e-mail at theatre@nmu.edu. You can also email the FRT Box Office at frtbox@gmail.com

This year, the NMU Dance Minor became part of the Theatre program. We are so excited to be working together to strengthen the art scene on NMUBill Digneit received his bachelor’s degree in Theatre from NMU, and then went on to receive his MFA in Technical Production and Design from Florida State University. His main goals for the FRT are to increase the program’s visibility throughout the region, establish stronger relationships with other theatre programs, and expose students like you to opportunities in the entertainment field outside of the traditional theatre.Alpha Psi Omega is the National Theatre Honors Society. In addition to participating in the various productions and activities offered by the Forest Roberts Theatre, NMU, and beyond, members have the opportunity to be part of a family unlike any other.Theatre 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.This season, the FRT is introducing a VIP post-show gala on all opening nights that features complimentary food, beverages, music, and a meet and greet with the cast and creative team! Get your tickets today for these special red-carpet events!

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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