Now Showing at the SHU Community Theatre

Located in the heart of downtown Fairfield, the Sacred Heart University (SHU) Community Theatre hosts events available for all students and locals. From live concerts to theatrical performances to film screenings, students have plenty of options they can attend with family and friends.

On Thursday, March 14 there will be a live performance called “Dervish,” a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. On Friday, March 15 the theatre will be screening “Better Off Dead,” followed by a talkback with Savage Steve Holland, an event that SHU students can go see for free if they show their SHU ID.

Matthew Oestreicher, executive director of the SHU Community Theatre, said, “As we are right in the heart of our third season, we have something for everyone.”

In his role as executive director, he not only prepares for upcoming performances but oversees the company as a whole.

“Although we carry ‘community’ in our name, we function more like a versatile performing arts center, offering a diverse array of live performances and film screenings, catering to various interests and audiences,” said Oestreicher. “For music fans, we have the legendary

artists Richard Thompson performing on March 21st, 10,000 Maniacs performing on March 24th, and Rufus Wainwright performing on April 5th. We are constantly adding shows so please check out our website at”

The theatre takes pride in their staff and the work they produce.

“Our staff at the SHU Community Theatre is comprised of experienced artists and theatre professionals,” said Oestreicher. “They are former Broadway actors, set and costume designers, music producers, touring musicians, and filmmakers who are passionate about sharing their love for the arts.”

Senior Grace Posillico has attended movies with her friends at the theatre. She said they have popcorn and candy, and it is a fun experience. “One time we brought blankets in and went in our PJs,” said Posillico.

“I like having a theatre nearby. They have great movie nights and guests that come in,” said Posillico. “It’s a fun way to take a break from homework and studying.”

The theatre is an outlet for students to take a break, and is accessible to those living on campus. The Downtown Fairfield SHUttle makes a stop right in front of the theatre, so students can get there regardless of having a car on campus or not.

The auditorium has over 400 seats including a main floor, balcony and orchestra. They have a 46’x36’ stage along with a backstage area, a V.I.P. green room and a front office.

“My favorite event I have been to at the SHU community theatre was the viewing of ‘Theatre Camp,’” said junior Grace Peknic. “The Theatre Arts Program went together, and it was such a lovely time.”

Peknic said she found the staff to be wonderful, and she felt they have hosted a great number of events and opportunities for SHU students.

The theatre also hosts performances by the SHU choirs, band and dance programs.

“I have heard nothing but great things about the choir and band performances at the SHU Community Theatre,” said Peknic.

The theatre not only puts on its own performances and events but combines with the programs at SHU to create an inclusive and diverse environment.

“I love having a theatre nearby for students,” said Peknic. “It is so beautiful, and I love that Sacred Heart University has access to this theatre. It’s been a great addition to the growing Sacred Heart University campus in the Fairfield community.”

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