Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre

We are excited to introduce the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre, which 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!

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.  We have a role for everyone at the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre.

As part of our 2018-2019 Season we have two shows in our new Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre.

The Nine who Dared

Introducing a brand new series of events happening onstage and backstage at the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre.

Play Labs by GREAT Theatre
Script in Hand
Backstage at the Lab


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


What is the Learning Lab Theatre?

We strive to ensure everyone in central Minnesota will have access to the transformative power of the arts. The GREAT Learning Lab Theatre is the answer to the communities need for increased programming and access for all.

Currently two of every three people who audition we are unable to cast in our productions due to demand.  The Learning Lab Theatre will ensure there is a role for everyone and provide theater arts experiences for hundreds more participants each year.

As theater arts are cut in school across the community, GREAT is ready to provide critical theatre arts learning opportunities for all ages.

Mobile staging, chairs and state-of-the-art theater equipment will make the Learning Lab Theatre a flexible space for collaboration and creativity for students, families, businesses and other arts groups.  



Photo from the grand opening performance of The Secret Garden in the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre