Theatre

Program Features

Students in the theatre major focus on many facets of the theatre industry, including acting, theatre technology, stagecraft, directing, playwriting and design.

Student interested in becoming a theatre major must audition and/or interview with the Department of Music and Theatre faculty. Read about the audition requirements.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Theatre major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • THEATRE 100 - Intro to Theatre............ 3cr.
  • THEATRE 120 - Acting I............ 3cr.
  • CORE 100 - First Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100 - Ethics as an Introduction to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • second language I............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA Co-curriculum Program I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • THEATRE 110 - Survey of Dramatic Literature............ 3cr.
  • THEATRE 150 - Stagecraft............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 111 - Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 101 - English Composition............ 3cr.
  • second language II............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA Co-curriculum Program II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • THEATRE 205 - Theatre History I............ 3cr.
  • Theatre Performance Elective............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • Scientific Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • Philosophical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • THEATRE 198/199 - Theatre Workshop............ 1cr.

Spring

  • THEATRE 206 - Theatre History II............ 3cr.
  • THEATRE 211 - Script Analysis............ 3cr.
  • Mathematical Perspectives Elective............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspective Elective............ 3cr.
  • Theatre Production/Performance Elective............ 3cr.
  • THEATRE 198/199 - Theatre Workshop............ 1cr.

Fall

  • Theatre Production/Performance Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • THEATRE 310 - Directing............ 3cr.
  • THEATRE 198/199 Theatre Workshop............ 1cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Literature and Moral Imagination 205............ 3cr.
  • General elective............ 1cr.
  • THEATRE 350 - Internship............ 1cr.

Fall

  • Theatre Production/Performance Elective............ 3cr.
  • THEATRE 198/199 Theatre Workshop............ 1cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Theatre Production/Performance Elective............ 3cr.
  • THEATRE 450 - Senior Thesis............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the theatre major at Xavier:

Improvisation for the Actor (THTR 160) - This course will introduce the student to the historical origins of improv, long and short form improv, and traditional improv games used by Second City. Students will create monologues, scenes, and performances with the skills developed in class.

Acting II (THTR 320) - Building on the skills developed in Acting I, this class focuses on honing a more specific approach to acting through detailed scene analysis, performance of contemporary scenes and plays, and reading and research of major acting techniques.

Directing (THTR 350) - Students will gain practical experience in play direction through the study and application of script breakdown and analysis, basic staging techniques, and basic directing theories. Students will direct two scenes during the semester.

Internship (THTR 351) - The Theatre Internship course offers practical experience in a professional theatre company in the student's area of interest, ranging from acting to directing, set design to carpentry.

Set Design (THTR 330) - This course introduces students to the techniques, processes and methods of the scenic designer. The course will explore scenic design through analysis and research, creating a design statement, developing preliminary sketches, creating a groundplan and white model, and presenting a finalized design. This course will also examine historical aspects of set design, effective use of scale, and key aspects of artistic drafting and rendering.

Clubs

The following clubs and organizations are popular choices for students in the theatre education major.

Don't Tell Anna

Don't Tell Anna (DTA) is an improvisational comedy group that provides an alternative entertainment option to students on campus. The troupe combines the two types of improv, long-form and short-form, into monthly performances that are free of charge.

Toolbox

Toolbox is a student-led improv comedy troupe sponsored by the Xavier Theatre program. Featuring both long and short-form improvisation techniques, Toolbox performs multiple times throughout each semester.

All Xavier Clubs

Career Outcomes

98% of Xavier students, including those in the theatre major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Career Opportunities: Theatrical Design (lights, sound, set, costumes, video), Director, Actor (stage, film, tv, commercials), Stage Manager, Producer (theatre, film, tv), Talent Management, Education, Sales, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, Communications Specialist, Broadcaster, Project Management, Event Management, Realty, Authors, Health Care, Fundraising

All For One

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Professional Collaboration Opportunities for Theatre Majors

Two students in the theatre major on stage

Students in the theatre major connect with professionals, including Tony award winners, who teach classes, host workshops, coordinate internships and direct and design Xavier productions. They also participate in Xavier Theatre's new play development collaboration with NYC's Fault Line Theatre.


Current Collaborations

Student Success

Theatre major onstage during a Of Mice and Men performance

Beginning their first year, students in the theatre major have the opportunity to be part of Xavier productions which includes the chance for leading roles. Xavier also helps students create an online portfolio to be ready for the next step after graduation.


Production Lineup

Individualized Curriculum for Theatre Majors

Close up of a theatre major on stage wearing a red robe and royal crown

Students can pick multiple fields of study. Courses and opportunities are a diverse lineup of acting, theatre technology, stagecraft, directing, playwriting and design.


Theatre Major at Xavier University

Xavier University's Theatre program combines practical experiences and professional collaborations to prepare students for careers in theatre performance and production. With a fundamental focus on offering student opportunities, Xavier Theatre offers a dynamic and diverse production season of musicals, dramas and comedies, working with some of the most outstanding directors and designers across the country.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."