Theatre/Speech Communication
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Siena Heights has established a national reputation in theater and offers two degree options in one program: Theater/Speech Communications and Theater/Musical Theater. The faculty are working professionals in every major area of today’s theater market. Theatre Siena has an ambitious production schedule that has students immersed in productions throughout the academic year.

The SHU Theatre Department at Siena Heights University also offers scholarships at one of the best Midwest college theater programs. High school seniors and transfers who plan to major in Theater/Musical Theater can schedule an audition during their campus visit.


FAST FACT – Siena’s laboratory style of learning and the rehearsal process give each of one our students many opportunities to interact one-on-one with theater faculty or in small groups. This frequent contact encourages professional relationships which strengthen the students as artists and scholars. Theater majors are required to complete a final project in their particular expertise that serve as a bridge to their professional experience and showcases their skills and talents.

  • About the Program
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • Internships
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • The 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 2014-15 Theatre Siena season schedule, please
click here.


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
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

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

Siena Heights University conducts Arts Scholarship Days for prospective students.

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.

Pre-registration is required. 

Please check back for the dates!

Additional Info


  • Bachelor of Arts


Meet Siena


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Nate Adams

Theater major; movie reviewer; Adrian Campus

Faculty & Staff

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Mark DiPietro

Chair, Division of Visual and Performing Arts and Education; Professor of Speech/Communications


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Jennifer Letherer '02

Theatre/Speech Communications Graduate; Filmmaker; University Professor
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.