Theatre Department

Theatre Department

Being recognized by the Kennedy Center in 2013 for distinction in theater production is one of the reasons why Anoka-Ramsey Community College offers one of the finest two year theater education programs in Minnesota.

Our productions are only open for participation to Anoka Ramsey students, allowing greater opportunities in acting, design and production.

Join a nearly 50-year tradition of creating engaging, exciting theater here at Anoka-Ramsey.

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Who We Are

Our Theater degree has a generalist focus allowing Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) in theater majors a variety of experiences in acting, design and production. Classroom learning offers students an introduction to practices, techniques and historical influences that are unique to our productions.

Our three show season serves as a laboratory where classroom learning is practiced and excellence demonstrated. Our productions serve as springboard for deeper learning about the craft of theater making.

Course Descriptions
Department Directory
Admissions | 763-433-1300
Dean Greg Rathert | 763-433-1864

Meet Blayn Lemke

Blayn Lemke
Meet Blayn Lemke
Instructor of Theatre
Meet Blayn Lemke
Instructor of Theatre

Blayn received his master of fine arts in Classical Acting from The National Theatre Conservatory under the leadership of founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tony Church.

Meet Holli Richgels

Holli Richgels
Meet Holli Richgels
Theatre student
Meet Holli Richgels
Theatre student

Elk River, MN

Degrees We Offer

Courses offered include a wide range of specialties with particular emphasis on performance and technical theatre.

The department offers one degree:

  • The Fisherman & the Goldfish adapted from a fairy tale by Alexander Pushkin
    Cambridge Campus Production
    Directed by Blayn Lemke

    Performances: Oct. 26, 7 pm | Oct. 27, 2 pm & 7 pm |Oct. 28, 2 pm | G202

    A poor, old fisherman throws out his net one day and captures a golden fish which promises to fulfill any wish in exchange for its freedom.  The wishes of the old man and his wife escalate into a frenzy of greed until everything explodes and order must be restored. 

    Almost, Maine by John Cariani
    Coon Rapids Campus Production
    Directed by Scott Ford

    Performances: Nov. 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10
    7:30 pm, Performing Arts Center (PAC)

    A whimsical, magical romantic comedy! Almost, Maine is a town so far north, it’s almost in Canada. One cold night in the middle of winter, with the Northern Lights hovering above them, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised; hearts are broken; love is lost, found and confounded; and life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

    Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
    Coon Rapids Campus Production
    Directed by Lisa Weaver

    Performances: Feb. 15, 16, 21, 22 & 23
    7:30 pm, Performing Arts Center (PAC)

    A delectable sci-fi musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score. The story is about Seymour who works at a flower shop, attending to a plant named Audrey II (after his crush). However, Audrey II is no normal plant! It came from outer space and as it grows, people start mysteriously disappearing. What started as caretaking by gentle Seymour ends in a desperate fight to save the world from a bloodthirsty intruder from outer space!

    Our Town by Thornton Wilder
    Coon Rapids Campus Production
    Directed by Blayn Lemke

    Auditions: Feb. 19 & 20 | Performing Arts Center, 2 to 5 pm
    Performances: April 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27
    7:30 pm, Performing Arts Center (PAC)

    Our Town is a story about the daily lives, loves and challenges of residents in the fictional town of Grover’s Corner New Hampshire. The play tells the story of residents in this small rural town between the years 1901 - 1913. The action in Our Town celebrates the significance of life’s commonly overlooked experiences – the discovery of first attraction that can occur when walking home from school together, the important moments missed as we share a hurried breakfast together before beginning our day or the joyous anticipation of an excitable wedding guest as they wait for a bride to make her walk down an aisle. Thornton Wilder uses everyday experiences and adds to them a mastery of language, character and conflict to create a play celebrating our shared humanity and the beauty in daily life.

    One-Act Play Festival

    Auditions: April 22
    Performance: May 16

    Each year, the Directing Class students select, cast and direct a series of one-act plays. Be a part of the Theatre AFAs final project as they get a chance to stretch their wings and fly!

  • Cambridge Campus produces one production each academic year.

    Students participate in all aspects of production including acting, stagecraft, lighting, costuming, stage management and assistant directing.

    Whether you are an experienced performer or a novice, there is a place for you in the Theatre program. If you can hammer a nail, sew a stitch, or create a character onstage, we want you!

    Comedy Triple Feature

    "Comedy Triple Feature"

    "The Proposal"
    "Here We Are"
    "The Sure Thing"

    By: Anton Chekhov, Dorothy Parker, David Ives
    Directed by: Lisa Weaver

    "And Then There Were None"

    By: Agatha Christie
    Directed by: Lisa Weaver

    "The Last Night of Ballyhoo"

    By: Alfred Uhry
    Directed by: Lisa Weaver

    "Nice People Dancing to Good
    Country Music"

    By: Lee Blessing
    Directed by: Lisa Weaver


    By: Neil Simon
    Directed by: Gail Kasl

    "The Dining Room"

    By: A.R. Gurney
    Directed by: Gail Kasl

    "Dinner with Friends"

    By: Donald Margulies
    Directed by: Lisa Weaver
  • Our students are engaged in all areas of production. Whether performing on stage as actors or creating props and costumes in our shops or building scenery, running lights, sound, and special effects behind the scenes – we offer many exciting opportunities for everyone to get involved.

    Take a look at some of our recent work and see for yourself the variety and quality of our student’s production work here at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.




    The Foreigner

    By Larry Shue
    Directed by Thomas McCarthy

    Guys and Dolls

    By Damon Runyon
    Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser
    Book by Jo Swerling, and Abe Burrows.
    Directed by Scott Ford

    The Hollow

    By Agatha Christie
    Directed by Lisa Weaver

    "Flavio Betrayed a Comedia"

    By: Scott Ford
    Directed by: Scott Ford


    Music by: George Stiles
    Books and Lyrics by: Anthony Drewe
    Directed by: Scott Ford

    A View From the Bridge

    By: Arthur Miller
    Directed by: Lisa Weaver

    The IT Girl

    By: Michael Small and BT McNichol
    Directed by: Scott Ford

    Las Hermanas Padilla

    By: Tony Meneses
    Directed by: Blayn Lemke


    By: Moilere
    Directed by: Blayn Lemke

    Urinetown The Musical

    Music By: Mark Hollmann
    Lyrics By: Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
    Directed By: Scott Ford

    The House of Blue Leaves

    By: John Guare
    Directed by: Blayn Lemke

    Anatomy of Gray

    By: Jim Leonard
    Directed: Scott Ford

    Book of Days

    By: Lanford Wilson
    Directed by: Lisa Weaver


    By: Mary Chase
    Directed by: Jack Bibee

    HMS Pinafore

    By: Gilbert & Libretto Sullivan
    Directed by: Blayn Lemke
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College is a great place to begin or continue your Theatre training. 

    Students of Anoka-Ramsey regularly go on to complete Theatre degrees at four-year colleges and universities such as the University of Minnesota, University of

    Minnesota-Duluth, Hamline University, Minnesota State University at Mankato and Moorhead, Winona State University, the University of  Colorado, the University of South Dakota, and many others.

    Theatre students from Anoka-Ramsey regularly appear on stage and backstage all over the Twin Cities. Our alumni have worked for the best theatres in the region including the Guthrie, Chanhassen Dinner theatres, Theatre in the Round, the Old Log Theatre and the Medora Musical. Others have appeared in television commercials and locally produced films. Some have even grabbed the national spotlight, performing on stage and television for Disney and Nickelodeon and stage managing international Broadway Tours.

  • Whether you are an experienced performer or technician or a theatre novice, there is a place for you in the Anoka-Ramsey Theatre program. We can provide you with valuable experience and training to start a career in theatre or just a welcoming environment to discover all the elements that go into a production. With three major productions each year at the Coon Rapids Campus and one production at the Cambridge Campus, regular opportunities for involvement abound as students participate in all aspects of production; including acting, stagecraft, lighting, sound, props, costuming, stage management, and assistant directing. If you have a desire to construct scenery or costumes or create a character onstage, this is the place for you!

    Whether you become directly involved or not, be sure to see all four shows. Anoka-Ramsey students receive two free tickets for each production.

    Tickets are available online starting four weeks prior to each performance or can be purchased at the box office starting 1 hour prior to curtain each night.

  • Check out the Theatre's coloring book Fun for all ages!

More About The Department

Students Can See Free Performances!

With your student ID, you can get two free tickets to any Theatre production at Anoka-Ramsey!

Tickets are available:

  • At the bookstore
  • At the box office 60 minutes before the performance
  • Online

Meet Our Students and Alumni