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Sponsored by the Friends of Theatre at MSU

Outdoor theatre NEAR the banks of the Red Cedar River
at the NEW Summer Circle Courtyard

All shows are FREE and the main stage shows start at 8:00 PM rain or shine.

In 2015 Summer Circle Theatre
will celebrate its 55th Season


The Department of Theatre has renovated the courtyard located between the Kresge Art Center and the Auditorium Building with a stage and raised seating area for Summer Circle Theatre, which has provided a much needed permanent space for student actors, designers, and technicians to present their creative work. In addition, this outdoor theatre venue will host performance-events for the entire community. 

The Friends of Theatre at MSU
have raised $100,000+ to support the Summer Circle Theatre Courtyard project!


ALL Friends of Theatre who donate or pledge $1,000 to the Summer Circle Courtyard Project
by December 31, 2014 project will receive named recognition on our
Millennium Circle of Friends Donor Wall outside Studio 60 Theatre in the Auditorium.

Interested in setting up a recurring gift:
Please contact Bridget Paff at or 517-353-4725.

Donate Now!

MSUToday - Sam and Mary Austin

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Shakespeare had his “wooden O,” the Globe. MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre will clamber out of the Red Cedar floodplain to a spiffy new outdoor venue that will be — cue Sir Anthony Hopkins — “wired for sound and ringed with seats of porous rubber.”

 ~ by Lawrence Cosentino

Click for full article: Lansing City Pulse - ‘This porous rubber O’ - March 12, 2014



For over fifty years the MSU Department of Theatre has been producing free performances of a wide variety of shows outdoors on the banks of the beautiful Red Cedar River on the MSU campus. Presenting a blend of old favorites, musicals, and provocative new plays, Summer Circle Theatre offers the community a unique opportunity to enjoy quality theatre produced by faculty and students of the Department of Theatre in a relaxed, informal setting, rain or shine. Bleacher seating is available, but bring your blankets and picnics early for an enjoyable evening before the play.

Bring your picnic and enjoy our “Family Dymanics” on the Banks of the Red Cedar River. Come early for the best seating. Be the first person to arrive on any show date and receive a free season pass to the 2013-14 Department of Theatre’s productions!

Summer Circle is easily reached via either the Collingwood entrance to MSU off Grand River or Auditorium Rd. off Bogue Street. Free parking is available in the lot across from the Auditorium Building. The stage is behind the Auditorium on the lawn by the Red Cedar.

FREE Summer Circle Theatre remains dependent on donations from loyal patrons to maintain the quantity and quality of its town and gown productions.

Please consider becoming a Friend of Theatre at MSU. 542 Auditorium Road #113 East Lansing, MI 48824 (517) 355-6690. Thank You!