Theatre campaign honors Sacred Heart speech, music and drama faculty


Sister Theophane

The students and faculty of Sacred Heart Academy and Sacred Heart College played an important role in the success of the theatre program from the mid-1930s through the early-1970s.

Now, Sacred Heart alumni can play an important role in the success of theatre’s return.

Newman University needs more than $100,000 per year over the next three years to re-establish theatre. To help raise the funds, Academy and College alumni are being asked to take part in a campaign to honor three of Sacred Heart’s most influential speech, music and drama teachers: Ambrosine Comerford, ASC, Salome Herman, ASC, and Lillian (Sister Theophane) Taylor.

“The funds raised by Sacred Heart alumni will go toward naming a room in the De Mattias Fine Arts Center after each of these important women,” said Newman Director of Development Molly Fox. “In this way, alumni can help support the theatre program and honor the sisters at the same time.”

Sacred Heart alumni gifts will go toward naming the scene shop after Sister Ambrosine, a music rehearsal hall for Sister Salome, and a conference room and gathering space for Taylor. The university has set a goal of raising $20,000 per room, or a total of $60,000 over the three-year period. Alumni are asked to donate $10,000 per room, and the Adorers of the Blood of Christ have pledged to match alumni gifts up to a total of $30,000.

“We’re excited about bringing theatre back, and very excited about doing it with the help of those who participated in it before,” Fox said.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Fox at 316-942-4291, ext. 2174, or [email protected].