Welcome to the Forest Roberts Theatre on the campus of Northern Michigan University in beautiful Marquette, MI!
The Forest Roberts Theatre is one of the finest university theaters in the country. It accommodates 515 people in a continental seating arrangement and has its own scene and electrics shops, as well as state of the art costume facilities and dressing rooms.
NMU’s Theatre and Dance programs offer extensive onstage, offstage, and behind the curtain training. The range of experiences to which students are exposed is vast, creating the kind of well-rounded theatre and dance artist that is necessary in today’s field. Opportunities for participation in these programs begin in the freshman year. The department presents six mainstage productions each season in two different theaters, which often feature student designs in set, costumes, lighting, and sound. Students have the chance to work in both the proscenium Forest Roberts Theatre and the intimate James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. The Forest Roberts Theatre also hosts a bi-annual playwriting contest, the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award!
Theatre majors and non-majors alike, along with NMU faculty and staff and Marquette area community members, have graced the Forest Roberts Theatre stage over the decades. The NMU Theatre faculty and staff take great pride in the success of the many alumni who have gone on to perform and design professionally on stage and in television and broadcasting.
Great opportunities for students of all ages are available at the Forest Roberts Theatre, and this year we're excited to see what we can create together!