About Alpha Psi Omega
Alpha Psi Omega is an national honors society dedicated to encouraging dramatic production at every step in a person’s academic career. Alpha Eta Xi is the chapter of the fraternity operating at Northern Michigan University. In addition to participating in the various productions and activities offered by the Theatre and Dance Department, NMU, and beyond, members have the opportunity to be part of a family unlike any other - students involved in Alpha Psi Omega support one another, whether it be as audience members cheering on a successful member performing onstage or applauding an award won by a member for backstage work. Relationships fostered in Alpha Psi Omega become strong bonds, and are friendships that can last a lifetime.
We are a group of people who love theatre, but you don’t need to be a theatre or dance major to join! Many members of APO are not theatre/dance majors or minors... biology majors, English majors, education majors, zoology majors, and media production majors alike are part of this diverse organization. Additionally, APO is a great way to start, or keep, participating in the NMU Theatre and Dance Department, and a great way to get to know new people!
Alpha Eta Xi Chapter Board
President: Sophie Sam
Vice President: Sylvia Bednarczyk
Treasurer: Seth Bowen
APO Social Events
One of the best parts about being a part of Alpha Psi Omega is making friends and connecting with fellow performers and technicians. APO hosts a variety of social events each year, including a trip to Marquette's annual hayride, a holiday dinner and gift exchange, group cookouts, and much more!
APO On-Campus Involvement
As a registered NMU student organization, APO actively participates in many on-campus activities. In addition to being a huge part of NMU's Theatre and Dance Department, APO participates in Homecoming, Make a Difference Day, Relay for Life, and many more on-campus events throughout the year. We are also the proud 2016 champions of the Homecoming Relay Race at Dead River Games!
In addition to many of our members being involved in productions through the Theatre and Dance Department, APO tries to put on at least one of its own theatrical productions each year. These productions are entirely student produced, directed, and designed, with many opportunities for incoming freshmen to learn from older students! Some of our past productions include:
- Twelfth Night
- Heroes and Villains Cabaret
- The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon
- Worth a Second Glance Cabaret
- The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered
Joining Alpha Psi Omega
Prospective members of Alpha Psi Omega are chosen based on a range of criteria, including:
- Involvement in theatre and dance at Northern Michigan University and beyond
- Participation in Alpha Psi Omega events and productions
- Attendance of bi-weekly meetings
Your involvement in theatre is crucial when it comes to membership -- in order to become an eligible inductee, you must earn seventy-five "theatre participation" points. Though that number may seem daunting, it's extremely easy to earn points; you can earn them for being in virtually any theatrical role, both on and offstage! For a complete list of theatrical roles and point values, click here. Please note: you don't have to be an inducted member to be a part of APO! Non-inducted members are still invited and encouraged to attend all social events, volunteer with the group, and be a part of any theatrical productions we do!
Meetings are typically bi-weekly and are held every other Sunday starting the first week of first semester. To be eligible for induction, you must attend at least 75% of the yearly meetings.
Interested in learning more about Alpha Psi Omega? Feel free to contact APO's Faculty Advisor, David Pierce (email@example.com), or our current APO Board (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on meeting times, getting involved, and inductions.