Assistant Professor, Director of Theatre, Theatre Department
Stephen Skiles is the Director of Theatre and an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre?at Xavier University. He teaches courses in acting, directing, improvisation, script analysis and theatre history. During his time at Xavier, he has directed such productions as Spring Awakening, The Last Five Years, Avenue Q,?Shakespeare?s?The Taming of the Shrew, Mozart?s?The Impressario,?Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Urinetown: The Musical, Hairspray, Much Ado About Nothing and Two Rooms. This year he is directing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and RENT.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre from Hanover College and received his Master of Fine Arts in acting from Ohio University?s Professional Actor Training Program. He completed further study at the Royal Shakespeare Institute (in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company). His teachers include Ed Stern, Barbara Redmond, Mark Monday, Laura Parrotti, Tom Evans and Charles Towers.
Prior to Xavier, Skiles served as the Chair of Theatre and Dance at Sinclair College and was assistant professor and holder of the Paul Daum Professorship at The University of Akron. He has also taught at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Prep Program and was the Drama Director at Anderson High School.
In addition to teaching, Skiles is a professional actor and director, working in regional theatres across the country including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, The Ohio Shakespeare Festival, The Bang and the Clatter Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse, The Cleveland Play House, The Phoenix Theatre, Monomoy Theatre and Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. He was also a founding member and actor of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. He is an active member of Actors' Equity Association and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.