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Are you the next Harrison Ford or Bette Midler? Then let Siena Heights' Theater/Speech Communications program give you a head start on the bright lights of Hollywood or Broadway.

With an acclaimed faculty boasting a wealth of practical experience, the program has become one of the most renowned in the region. While courses such as Modern Dance, Shakespeare and Stage Management are good starting points, there's nothing in acting like first-hand experience.

Students have a chance to partipate in Theatre Siena productions in both the fall and winter, with the historic Croswell Opera House in town, there are other opportunities to take the stage.

The Francoeur Theater hosts the on-campus shows, but smaller productions are also hosted in the innovative Stubnitz Lab Theater.

FAST FACT High school seniors and transfer students who plan to major in Theater/Musical Theater can schedule a theater audition during their campus visit. 

  • About the Program
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fine Arts Scholarship Days

Learn more about the Theatre / Speech Communication program.

The Theater and Speech Communication and Musical Theater Department offices, classrooms, design studios and performance spaces are located in the Verheyden Performing Arts Center.

Francoeur Theater and the Stubnitz Lab Theater have undergone a substantial series of enhancements, including new state-of-the-art computerized lighting and sound systems, new floors, and new rigging and curtains. Each improvement allows students to experience learning in a professional environment.

Theatre Siena’s production schedule is an ambitious one; presenting five to six main stage productions each academic year, in addition to numerous smaller student-produced projects. For the complete Theatre Siena season schedule, please
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Meet the Theatre / Speech Communication faculty members.

DiPietro, Mark

DiPietro, Mark

Professor of Theatre & Speech Communications517-264-7895
Graves, Kerry

Graves, Kerry

Professor of Theatre and Speech Communication517-264-7893
Miller, Douglas

Miller, Douglas

Professor of Theatre517-264-7894
Warner, Joanne M.

Warner, Joanne M.

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Speech Communication; Director, Creative Stages Program517-264-7901

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Theatre / Speech Communication.

After graduating from Siena Heights, many students may choose graduate school before starting their careers. Theater alumni are also working in a variety of fields as professional actors, designers, stage directors, technicians and stage managers in and around the country, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Graduate schools our students have attended include:

  • Boston University
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Brandeis University
  • Columbia University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan State University
  • Memphis State University
  • Ohio University
  • Pace University-Actors Studio-N.Y.C.
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Toledo
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University

Arts Scholarship Days

Siena Heights University will conduct Arts Scholarship Days for the 2014-15 academic year on the following dates:

  • Nov. 14, 2014
  • Dec. 5, 2014
  • Jan. 16, 2015
  • Feb. 13, 2015

High school seniors and transfer students interested in music, art or theater can schedule an audition or portfolio review during their campus visit. Students can meet with and audition for SHU Fine and Performing Arts faculty members.

Art Portfolio Reviews begin @ 10:30 a.m.
Theater & Musical Theater Auditions  begin @ 11 a.m.
Vocal Musical Auditions begin @ 11 a.m.
Instrumental Music Auditions TBA

Pre-registration is required. Please register by filling out the form at right to request a date or contact the Admissions Office or 517-264-7180 for more information. 

Earn a scholarship from Siena Heights University!

Additional Info


  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Division of Visual and Performing Arts and Education


Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

Mark DiPietro

Mark DiPietro

Chair, Division of Visual and Performing Arts and Education; Professor of Speech/Communications
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.