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Vital, transcendent new plays and films

Xavier Theatre & Film develops and produces new works in the Catholic arts tradition that seek truth, promote human dignity and glorify God. 


Alexandra Bonesho--Actor

Deniz Demirer--Filmmaker

Hannah Beck--Actor

Hal Robinson--Actor

Rocio Mendez--Actor

Dennis Oberhoffer--PR/Biz Stuff

Brian Faherty--Actor

Jessie Ruane--Actor

Joe Hoover--Actor/Playwright

Tyler Brown-Actor

Devon Ahmed--Actor

Tom Paolino--Director

Emily Claire Schmitt--Playwright

Jim Shankman--Director/Actor

Peter Tedeschi--Actor/PR

Flor de Liz Perez--Actor

Geri-Nikole Love--Actor

John Roney--Actor


John Roney--Actor

Jay and Ruby Get Religion

by Joe Hoover

Ruby is a struggling actress searching for the purpose of life and Jay is an ex-seminarian just starting to live life in a world where God is distant, the church is irrelevant, and vampires aren't what they used to be.

Directed by Jim Shankman

w/ Geri-Nikole Love

Joe Hoover

John Roney

Javana Mundy

Jeremy Levy

September 2015

Medicine Show Theatre


w/Rocio Mendez, Joe Hoover

Flor de Liz Perez, David Sedgwick, Tyler Bellmon

April 2016 Davenport Theatre











The Institute

A Staged Reading

by John Frank

Young men struggle with honor, conscience and coming of age at a Catholic military academy during the Vietnam War. A co-production with Second Act Players.

January 2019

Xavier High School

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 The Good Life

by Joe Hoover

Tommy is the most virtuous guy in town--and Jane can't take it anymore. The Good Life examines morality in a culture of relativism, the slippery definition of human goodness and the insidious power of suggestion.

Directed by Tom Paolino

with Tyler Brown, Jessie Ruane, Devon Ahmed

November 2016-Midtown International Theatre Festival

December 2017 Manhattan

Detention Center 


w/Joe Hoover

Alexandra Bonesho

Hannah Beck

May 2017--Actor's Chapel Presents

August 2017--Mt. Sinai Coming Home Program












The Immigration Project

By Rajendra Rajoon Maharaj,

Laura Pettinger and Joe Hoover

Catholic playwrights create documentary theatre based on interviews with immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S.A. A co-production with the New Sanctuary Coalition and Xavier Church.

MARCH 2019
Xavier High School

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The Chalice

by Emily Claire Schmitt

Alex, a gay Catholic alienated from his family and church, is bequeathed a mystifying gift: a chalice used by Pope Pius XII. Featuring Tony-nominee Austin Pendleton as the ghost of the controversial pope.

Directed by Tom Paolino

w/ Bruce Jones, Austin Pendleton, Kevin Martinez, Joe Hoover, Marisela Grajeda Gonzalez, Margaret Arnold

November 2017

Stonewall Inn






by Joe Hoover

Eight friends in a cafe desperate to clean up the past, no matter how messy it gets.

July/Dec 2018

B-Side of Benson Theatre

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