Degrees Offered

Xavier University Theatre offers two undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education. The Theatre program prepares students for professional experience outside of Xavier and fosters a practical, cross-cultural and student-oriented program that bridges the gap between the student, faculty member and different academic disciplines. By educating students in such a diverse, open, and free environment, they will establish themselves in their community by bringing an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God to their profession and lives.

Hairspray (2012)

Learning Outcomes

Core Skills

  • The ability to think conceptually and critically about the text, performance and production.
  • An understanding of playwriting and production processes, aesthetic properties of style, and the way these shape and are shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
  • An acquaintance with a wide selection of theatre repertory including the principal eras, genres and cultural sources.
  • The ability to develop and defend informed judgments about theatre.
  • Ability in areas of performance and production or playwriting appropriate to individual needs and interests, consistent with the goals and objectives of the specific liberal arts degree program being followed.
  • An understanding of procedures and approaches for realizing a variety of theatrical styles.
  • An awareness of the need for continuing study, self-evaluation and professional growth.

Theatre Production Skills

  • The prospective theatre teacher must be familiar with the basic expressive, technical, procedural and organizational skills, and conceptual insights essential for theatrical performance. Instruction should include traditional processes and new developments.
  • Prospective theatre teachers should have the understanding to make pupils emphatically aware of the all-important process of artistic creation from conceptualized image to the finished work.
  • The prospective theatre teacher must be a competent director, able to create expressive performances with various types of groups and in general classroom situations. Laboratory experiences give the prospective teacher opportunities to apply rehearsal techniques and procedures.