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The MSU Denver Theatre Department is a nationally accredited program that stages student productions throughout the year.

Equipment for Living

 The nationally accredited MSU Denver Department of Theatre produces outstanding musicals and dramas, develops and tours original works, and cultivates strong community partnerships as it moves forward with its goal of preeminence.

The fine work of MSU Denver theatre students, faculty and staff has earned regional and local awards and recognition.

  • Marilyn Hetzel, chair of the MSU Denver Theatre department, was recognized with a 2014 Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award.
  • In 2012, Alliance for Colorado Theatre named MSU Denver faculty member Scott Lubinski the Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year.
  • MSU Denver Theatre alumni won three Marlow Awards in 2014 for Outstanding Lighting, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy and Outstanding Actor in a Drama.
  • Affiliate Faculty member Christy Montour-Lawson, was awarded a Henry Award in 2013 for Outstanding Direction of a Play.

These achievements are a result of the department’s fundamental commitment to excellence and basic philosophy that theatre is an inclusive experience that helps students develop skills that can support them as they work in a multitude of professions; thus, MSU Denver Theatre is “equipment for living.”


Alumni Spotlight: Neal Dreher

Neil Dreher (BFA theatre ’05) is a globetrotting stage technician who has worked on some of the most sophisticated productions in the world.

But lately, he is best known for what he did behind the scenes during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Dreher is a theatrical automation specialist, the person who is responsible for “moving scenery, flying performers, anything that is mechanically moved,” he says. “The industry is small but the projects are big.”

Now at the height of his career, Dreher has reached a whole new pinnacle of responsibility. caring for a loving canine who would not have survived without him.