Learn more about this nationally recognized youth program
Children in grades 1-12 are invited to participate in Siena Heights University's Creative Stages program. This winter's program runs from Feb. 11-April 26, 2013 on the Adrian campus.
Drama classes run from 4:15-5:15 p.m. each week. Students in grades 1-3 will have creative dramatics class Mondays, students in grades 4-6 will have advanced creative dramatics class on Tuesdays and students in grades 7-12 will have a young actor’s workshop Thursdays. Creative Stages teachers include professional teaching artists as well as Siena Heights University students.
NEW: The additions of Siena Teen Acapelicans, aka "Trebled Teens," for grades 7-12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. each Thursday and Youth Choir for grades 4-6 (4:15-5:15 p.m.) and 7-12 (5:30-6:30 p.m.) each Tuesday. All will be conducted in Performing Arts Center on the SHU campus.
Cost is $85 per child, $115 for two or $145 for three or more for dramatics and young actors, $65 for acapelicans and youth choir. Private lessons are also available for voice, piano and guitar.
To register or for more information, contact Amy Sturtevant at 517-264-7890.
To view a printable brochure and registration form, click here.
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 click here.
Meet the Theatre / Speech Communication faculty members.
Professor of Theatre & Speech Communicationsmdipietr@sienaheights.edu517-264-7895 Associate Professor of Theatre and Speech Communication; Director, Creative Stages Programkgraves@sienaheights.edu517-264-7893 Professor of Theatredmiller2@sienaheights.edu517-264-7894 Assistant Professor of Theatrejwarner1@sienaheights.edu517-264-7901
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
Learn about internship opportunities in the Theatre / Speech Communication program.
Theater students are encouraged to pursue internship opportunities off-campus as much as possible. Many of these are very personal, one-on-one study experiences and often are paid. Siena Heights has developed internship partners not only in the United States, but throughout the world, including three recent European tours.
Some of the past internship opportunities include:
- Croswell Opera House
- Purple Rose Theater
- Plowshares Theater Co.
- Performance Network
- Spoleto Theater
- Santa Fe Opera House
- Eugene O’Neill Theatre
Learn more about Theatre / Speech Communication clubs.
The Alpha Psi Omega national theater fraternity is one of the oldest organizations on the Siena Heights campus. It boasts a large membership nationally and is open to not only theater majors, but to those students who excel in theater at Siena Heights.