For more information contact:

David McGinnis

Theater Instructor
Office: CB 207

Bay College
2001 N Lincoln Road
Escanaba, MI 49829

The Art of Theater is a field that involves creativity, technology, literature, and the performing arts. Many students take what they have learned in these classes and become professional artists, but most become better audience members; more educated, more appreciative. Theater at Bay College is dedicated to providing a high-quality education within a safe and supportive center for artistic development. The curriculum emphasizes an appreciation of this art and the discipline of teamwork while preparing students for academic and professional transfer. Development of basic performance and production skills for theater, and other emerging media, is encouraged in the Practicum courses and in extra-curricular activities. One advantage for our theater students at Bay is the opportunity to perform or participate for a live audience. A play production is done each semester. We have an excellent performance venue on campus. The Besse Center Theater was built in 2008.

The first production was the musical HONK on November 1 of that year. Our 266 seat theater is a model performance space. Our state-of-the-art lighting system, fly system, sound system, and orchestra pit attract both technical and performing students. Drama students are encouraged to participate in our plays as well as take courses such as ARTS 163 Theater Appreciation and ARTS 198 Theater Practicum.

Studying Theater prepares students for an amazing variety of collaborative, creative, people-oriented careers such as:  Box Office Manager, Actor, Lighting or Sound Design, Critic, Technician, Artistic Director, Business Manager, Teacher, Playwright, Master Electrician, Recording Engineer, Model, Advertising, Broadcasting, Lobbyist, Public Relations, Tourism, Booking Manager, Event Planner, Sales, and Writer/Editor.
Bay College Main,
2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829
906.786.5802 Main Campus Directions