Undergraduate Theatre Programs
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.
This program offers the student a solid grounding in the three foundations of musical theatre—acting, singing and dancing. There is an equal balance of focus on technique and performance skills and experience. Through private voice lessons, dance classes, acting studios, and musical theatre performance workshops, the major can develop and expand the skills needed for this challenging career. The program also requires supporting music and theatre/technical theatre courses to create a well-rounded professional.
Educational Theatre / Drama for Community and Youth
Students with a focus in educational theatre will have the opportunity to develop their artistic abilities in traditional and non-traditional performance spaces. They will have hands on experiences of applying theory to practice by working directly with youth ages 4-16. Educational Theatre at Siena Heights University has held a solid reputation for over 50 years – participating in programs locally, nationally, and internationally. Students in our educational theatre track work with professional teaching artists, dedicated faculty, and outstanding theatre educators.
Currently our educational programs include: Creative Stages Youth Theatre and Child Drama, Touring Children’s Theatre, Community Engaged Theatre, and an award winning Arts in Healthcare Collaborative. Independent research opportunities have also included: theatre for social justice, improvisational theatre, applied theatre, and international approaches to drama in education. In order to be best prepared for working as a professional teaching artist, students often take course work or “minor” in child development.
Theatrical Design and Technology
The major is designed for students who are interested in in pursuing a career in theater, but who are not interested in performing. Students can choose to concentrate in one or more of the following areas: Scenery, Costumes, Lighting, Sound and Technical Direction.
The training is divided between classwork and practical production work including their own fully realized designs for department productions! The training and design opportunities are enhanced by the new, state-of-the-art procenium theater. It is a 350-seat procenium, with a full fly system, digital projection and a large complement of LED/animated lighting fixtures.