2018-2019 Season


Beauty & the Beast

August 7-18, 2018


Scrooge in Rouge

Nov. 23-Dec. 8, 2018


Next to Normal

FEB. 6-16, 2019


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

APRIL 17-27, 2019

Be More Chill

June 20-22 & 27-29, 2019



Who We Are

What is the Empire Theatre Company?

The Empire Theatre Company (ETC) is the only professional theatre company in the state of North Dakota that produces a full season of productions. Founded in 2012, our goal is to develop and grow new audiences for theatre with the creation of excellent contemporary plays and musicals, particularly works that have never or rarely been produced in North Dakota.

ETC contracts with local, regional, and nationally-based professional actors to produce a season of four or more full-length productions each season. Our season runs from August through June each year. ETC is the resident theatre company of the historic Empire Arts Center, where all productions take place.


Production History

Six seasons under our belt

The Empire Theatre Company has been producing contemporary plays and musicals featuring professional actors, directors, and other theatre artists since 2012 with its inaugural production of the musical Xanadu. Now in our seventh season, we are proud to have paid over 400 professional actors and theatre artists, as well seeing exponential audience growth.



Discounted Tickets

See great theatre for less!

We believe that everyone deserves access to excellent theatre.  Even though we work hard to subsidize our costs with grants and donations from generous sponsors, we do still need to charge a ticket price proportional to the high costs of producing professional theatre.  That's why we're so excited to offer Thursday Night Rush! Each Thursday we will offer a limited number of $5 rush tickets.

Rush tickets are available at the door of each ETC performance starting one hour prior to curtain. These tickets are cash only, and all members of your party must be present to purchase.  Questions?  Call our box office Monday through Saturday from 9:00am-2:00pm for more information. 

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