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 2014-15 Theatre Siena season schedule, please click here.
Meet the Theatre / Speech Communication faculty members.
Professor of Theatre & Speech Communicationsmdipietr@sienaheights.edu517-264-7895 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.
Arts Scholarship Days 2014-15
Siena Heights University will conduct Arts Scholarship Days for the 2014-15 academic year on the following dates:
- Friday, November 14, 2014
- Friday, December 5, 2014
- Friday, January 16, 2015
- Friday, February 13, 2015
High school seniors and transfer students who would like to major in music, art or theater or perform in the choir, band, marching band, orchestra or jazz band can schedule an audition or portfolio review and campus visit during Arts Scholarship Days @ Siena. Scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students. In addition to their audition or portfolio review, students may have the opportunity to meet with current scholarship recipients over lunch, have an individual meeting with Admissions Counselor and enjoy a campus tour.
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 begin @ 10 a.m.
Pre-registration is required. Please register by filling out the online form to request a date or contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com or 517-264-7181 for more information.
For a detailed list of things to prepare for before your audition/portfolio review, please click on the icon below:
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