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 Communicationkgraves@sienaheights.edu517-264-7893 Professor of Theatredmiller2@sienaheights.edu517-264-7894 Assistant Professor of Theatre and Speech Communication; Director, Creative Stages Programjwarner1@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.
Earn a scholarship to Siena Heights University!
Arts Scholarship Days
High school juniors, seniors or transfer students who would like to major in music or perform in the choir, band, marching band, orchestra, or jazz band can schedule a music audition and campus visit during our Arts Scholarships Days @ Siena. Scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students! Students will have the opportunity to meet with current scholarship recipients, have an individual meeting with their admissions representative and audition with SHU music, art and theater faculty.
Visitors are also encouraged to enhance their visit to SHU with a campus tour and complementary lunch in SHU's new McLaughlin University Center.
Arts Scholarship Days will be conducted on the following remaining dates:
- Friday, March 14, 2014 (juniors and transfer students only)
- Friday, April 11, 2014 (juniors and transfer students only)
Please contact the Admissions Office if these dates don’t work with your schedule. Alternative dates and times can be discussed for your audition. (Note: First-time freshmen entering in Fall 2014 need to complete their audition by March 1, 2014.).
Art Portfolio Reviews begin @ 11 a.m.
Theater Auditions begin @ 11 a.m.
Choir Auditions begin @ 11 a.m.
Music and Band Auditions begin @ 1 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com or 517-264-7180 for more information.
What to Bring/How to Prepare
Prospective Music Major Audition
Your audition should demonstrate a high level of preparation. Please bring a résumé (a list of your musical experience) to your audition, as well as your most recent transcript and ACT scores. Also please prepare the following:
Vocal (choirs) Audition
- Solo performance of two contrasting pieces (preferably from different time periods). Vocalists should perform one piece in a foreign language, if possible.
- Students will also be tested on their proficiency in scales, as well as sight-reading abilities.A music theory placement exam will also be conducted.
Vocalists, your audition/interview will include the following:
Instrumental (bands) Audition
- Perform a solo of your choice
- Check of sight-reading ability
- Check of musical memory
- Check of range and tone quality
Instrumentalists, your audition/interview will include the following:
- Perform two excerpts demonstrating technical and lyrical abilities
- Perform two major scales of the student’s choice, as well as the instrument’s full range chromatic scale
- Brief sight-reading example
Your audition/interview should include the following:
Here are some additional things to prepare:
- A high level of preparation demonstrating the ability and confidence to present when speaking about works of theater.
- We love seeing additional exposure to theater outside of school, including further lessons and productions.
- Please bring a résumé, including a list of works in which you have participated.
- Head shots are optional.
- We recommend that you bring copies of your transcripts and test scores for review.
Musical Theater Audition
- Two contrasting monologues: 60 seconds in length each.
- Sing 32 bars of music of your choice (SHU will provide an accompanist. Please bring any necessary sheet music.)
- One monologue: 60 seconds in length.
During a portfolio review, art faculty will be looking for:
- A completed art questionnaire form.
- As many different art media as possible, such as:
- Drawings demonstrating your ability to draw from observation (still-lifes, figures or landscapes)
- Three-dimensional art: sculpture, ceramics, metalsmithing
- A high level of craftsmanship, care, and attention to detail in artwork
- The ability to write and speak well and show a grasp of art language when speaking about works of art
- Observational drawing skills: draw still lifes, figures, and/or landscapes from life
- Exposure to art outside of school, including additional lessons, visits to art galleries and museums, having art displayed in exhibitions, receiving awards, etc.
- High GPA and ACT scores
To learn more about scholarship opportunities and careers in art, click here.