Riverland’s Theatre Department is a high-energy, performance-oriented program, providing strong academic offerings and excellent hands-on learning opportunities for students of all experience levels.

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Tickets for the 2023-2024 season go on sale September 5.


Current Season

The Theatre Department produces an annual season of plays, offering a variety of performance and technical opportunities for students.



Audition information for productions in the Theatre Department at Riverland Community College.


Summerset Theatre

Summerset Theatre is a not-for-profit community theatre founded in 1968. Performances take place each summer in the Frank W. Bridges Theatre.


About our program

Riverland Theatre produces four main stage productions each academic year (including at least two musicals) that encompass a wide variety of eras and styles. Students are encouraged to get involved in all areas of theatre production including (but not limited to) acting, design, stage managing, set construction, and backstage crew.

Travel-study courses such as Big Arts in the Big Apple and London Dash give students the opportunity to experience professional theatre in major cities around the globe. Each year, Riverland students attend and compete at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Region 5 Festival. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Summerset Theatre, which has performed on the Riverland campus since 1968. Summerset mounts several main stage productions between June and August and engages students as actors, crew, and in paid staff positions.

Seussical (2017) /  Riverland Theatre Photo Gallery

Why an AFA in Theatre?  
  • An AFA communicates the focus is in the chosen art form - theatre
  • Students will have a directed course of study that will prepare them for transfer to a four-year university or to enter the field.
  • Transfer institutions will have a clearer understanding of the focus and scope of the student's training and education.
  • Practical application courses will ensure the student's involvement in play production.
  • The inclusion of the MnTC will foster communication and conceptualization skills necessary for further study or a professional career.

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Why Riverland Theatre?
  • Immediate opportunity to participate in all areas of theatre no matter what your experience level
  • Four mainstage productions each year, including at least two musicals
  • Transfer pathway guarantees transfer within the Minnesota State system
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio
  • Opportunity to complete general education classes while focusing on the arts
  • Faculty with professional experience and connections
  • Affordable on-campus housing