Xavier University’s Classics Program offers a minor in Theatre which encourages experience in all areas of theatre. Acting skills and directing techniques are at the heart of the minor, along with coursework that includes practice in theatrical writing, personal histories, secular and sacred literature, history and the compilation of literature into performance art. More information about the Theatre Minor can be found at http://www.xavier.edu/classics/Theater-Minor.cfm
Theatre Classes Offered at Xavier
THTR 100: Introduction to the Theatre (Fall '11)
Analysis of the role of the theatre within the community, models of professional theatre practice within Cincinnati. Focus on the artistic, administrative, and technical infrastructures of theatre organizations, through a series of on-site visits. Students will attend a number of local theatres during the semester.
THTR 210: Acting I (Fall '11)
Not only provides students with a valuable practical insight into the art of acting, but enables them to develop essential "transferable" skills in communication, time-management, and teamwork. Exposure to acting empowers students to develop personal confidence through exercises in role-play and improvisation, and explore important issues from a multiplicity of perspectives.
THTR 220: Improvisation for the Actor (Fall '11)
This class will familiarize the students with various forms of improvisation and help develop skills in the art form.
THTR 230: Stagecraft (Fall '11)
Focus on the fundamentals of technical production: stagecraft, lighting, sound, costume, and make-up. Students will develop skills in basic operations and safety procedures. Projects may involve production work for the Xavier Players.
THTR 310: Acting II (Spring '11)
Building on the skills developed in Acting I, this class focuses on specific acting techniques associated with creating a Theatre of Conscience that seeks to engage with socio-political issues that directly affect a given community. Pre-requisite: THTR 210
THTR 350: Directing (Spring '11)
Enables students to stage scenes and create original work. The resulting pieces of theatre should be presented to the Xavier community. Pre-requisite: THTR 310