Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre: Telling the stories of our community

Built with the support from over 400 donors, including lead gifts from Mike & Karel Helgeson, Deb & Steve Palmer, and The Morgan Family Foundation, the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre doubles as a stage and a fully equipped classroom for local artists and actors to create an adventurous range of bold, diverse and unique theatrical experiences where the stories of our community can be shared!

We strive to ensure everyone in central Minnesota will have access to the transformative power of the arts. The Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre is GREAT's answer to the community's need for increased programming and access for all. The goal is to boldly and thoughtfully tell the stories of our community. It's a space that allows us examine and dig in to the stories that aren't being told.

Every experience in the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre can adapt to the needs of the production in this intimate venue that features mobile staging, seating, and state-of-the-art theatrical lighting and sound. You’re invited to get involved onstage, backstage, and in the audience.  Together we utilize the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre as a place to create, expand, and educate - and we hope you will join us. 

Our two year history


In just two years since opening, GREAT has hosted, produced, and/or partnered on over 30 events in the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre!

PLAYlabs in partnership with Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project: Birds Sing Differently Here // July 18 & 19, 2019

PLAYlabs in partnership with Joshua Cash: Six Characters in Search of An Author // July 11-13, 2019

Script in Hand: End Days // June 9, 2019

GREAT Theatre's Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story // April 26-May 19, 2019

Acting Workshop in partnership with District 742 Project Challenge // March 27, 2019

PLAYlabs: Goodnight Moon // March 6-10, 2019

The Best Program Ever: African-American Experience Host // February 24, 2019

Habitat for Humanity Gratitude Donor Event Host // February 22, 2019

PLAYlabs in partnership with St. Cloud State University Theatre: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime // February 15-24, 2019

GREAT Theatre's The Giver // January 11-20, 2019

Project Challenge Holiday Concert Host // December 7, 2018

Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation Innovation Awards Host // November 30, 2018

Chamber of Commerce Business Lunch Host // November 21, 2018

PLAYlabs in partnership with Home Educated Youth: The Importance of Being Earnest // November 16-18, 2018

PLAYlabs: Two Days In Saint Cloud, an original play by Anthony Schrock // November 9-11, 2018

PLAYlabs in partnership wth KVSC Radio: Night of the Living Dead // October 27, 2018

GREAT's Directors Circle Donor Gratitude Dinner // October 8, 2018

PLAYlabs: How To Have Fun In A Civil War by Ifrah Mansour // October 6, 2018

PLAYlabs: A Day in the Life of Girls, a devised theatre project // August 25, 2018

Community Arts Alive: Vanessa German & Black Out Improv // August 17 & 18, 2018

Script In Hand in partnership with District 742 Project Challenge: Understanding Your Pet With Doctor Marla Brett // July 26, 2018

Script In Hand: The Importance of Being Earnest // June 26, 2018

Script In Hand: Arthur Miller’s All My Sons // June 9, 2018

GREAT Theatre's CLUE The Musical // April 27-May 20, 2018

PLAYlabs: Dancing With Many Voices // March 10 & 11, 2018

GREAT Theatre's The Nine Who Dared: Courage In Little Rock // January 10-19, 2018

PLAYlabs: A Christmas To Believe In, an original play by Buddy King // December 11, 2017

PLAYlabs in partnership with KVSC Radio: War of the Worlds // October 27 & 28, 2017

Script in Hand: Harriet the Spy // October 10, 2017

Script In Hand: The Prince and The Pauper // September 30, 2017

GREAT Theatre's The Secret Garden // June 20-25, 2017



710 Sundial Drive, Waite Park (next to Crafts Direct)
The Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre is location inside of GREAT World Headquarters.