Kerry Graves, Ph.D.

Professor of Theatre and Speech Communication


  • B.S., M.A.: Eastern Michigan University
  • Ph.D.: Texas Tech University

Recent Awards and Achievements

  • Member of the Board of Trustees for the Croswell Opera House
  • SHU-COLA committee Conduct Board
  • Task Force for Mediation and Restorative Justice
  • Member of Actor’s Equity Association
  • Theatre Communications Group
  • The Croswell Opera House
  • The Performance Network
  • The Stratford Shakespeare Festival
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Alpha Psi Omega
  • Awards, Publications, Gallery Shows (last 4 years) Wrote and Directed:
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • No Nonsense, Please!
  • Flip-Flopped Folktales
  • Directed and Choreographed
    • Flora the Red Menace
    • Christmas Celebration
  • Directed
    • Tartuffe
    • Macbeth 
  • Choreographed
    • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
    • Into the Woods
    • Oliver
    • Anything Goes
  • Directed and Choreographed (Croswell Opera House)
    • Hello Dolly!
    • The Sound of Music
    • Quilters
    • Thoroughly Modern Millie
    • Beehive
  • Point of Pride
    • More than 15 years working as a professional actor/singer/dancer on both coasts before becoming a director, choreographer, playwright, and costume designer

Teaching Philosophy

“I left a tenured position at EMU to work at Siena because I was excited to be part of their dynamic theatre program and the creative dramatics program for children. Perhaps, even more importantly, I wanted to be a part of a university that had such outstanding liberal arts goals for their students. It means a great deal to me to share in the challenge of developing students who are well-grounded in such learning outcomes as ethical integration, diversity in community and social responsibility.”