Dr. Tom Merrill and Mr. Stephen Skiles discuss the relation between performing arts and the Jesuit mission.

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A New Beginning

On July 1, 2012 a new academic department in the College of Arts and Sciences was created: The Department of Music & Theatre. The department, chaired by Dr. Tom Merrill, will oversee the functions of the Music Department, and help to shepherd in two new degrees for the college: a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education. Two new faculty joined the department: Stephen Skiles as assistant professor of theatre and Director of Theatre, and Dave Zlatic as instructor of theatre and Technical Director.

Theatre has long been a tradition at Xavier University. We are excited to continue that tradition, and to move forward in this new direction by solidifying theatre, and the arts, as an integral part of the unique experience of Xavier University.

We welcome you to explore our new department, and its programs, and we look forward to your involvement at Xavier!