Undergraduate

Get Professional Training in the Performing Arts

Theater arts students at St. Edward’s work alongside professional guest artists and master an "actor's toolbox" of skills to use in the professional world. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the program.

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Equity Membership Candidate Program

You can complete the (50 creditable weeks) requirements of the Equity Membership Candidate Program (EMC), a program offered by Actors' Equity Association, with participation as an actor or stage manager at our Equity-approved Mary Moody Northen Theatre.

Theater Arts Alumna Receives Fellowship

Marett Hanes ’12 received a Byron Fellowship to study sustainable community development in Ashville, North Carolina. The Fellowship is an interdisciplinary course in leadership and sustainability.

Theater Alumna Directs Play in New York

Kate Eminger ’08 directed Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov (adapted by Sarah Ruhl) in March 2013. The performance was curated by Gowanus Art + Production in Brooklyn, New York. Gowanus Art + Production features emerging and established artists in the areas of dance, music, theater and film.

Alumna Accepted to MFA Programs at UCLA

Theater Arts alumna Kendra Perez ’12 was accepted to the MFA in Acting program at UCLA for Fall 2014. 

Theater Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts at St. Edward’s prepares you to take the stage — or work behind it — with rigorous training and experience in a professional setting. Pursue your creative calling, whether you dream of the lights on Broadway or want to cultivate and manage a small community theater.

St. Edward’s University has one of the few undergraduate Theater Arts programs in the country to partner with the Actors’ Equity Association. This means you’ll work alongside successful film, stage and television guest artists — and in close collaboration with your professors and other students. Not only will you learn from the pros, you’ll also have the chance to earn points toward your Actors’ Equity membership.

Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts

Overview:

As a BA in Theater Arts major, you’ll actively participate in all aspects of theater — including acting, writing, designing and directing — through hands-on application, both in the classroom and in production. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to be a vital part of a theater team, no matter what your primary area of interest may be. Starting your freshman year, you may audition for productions at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre and the annual 10-Minute Play Festival. And you’ll have the chance to specialize in an area that interests you.

With the skills and contacts you cultivate in this demanding BA in Theater Arts program, you’ll be prepared to enter a successful career in theater — whether you want to be an actor, a director, a producer, a makeup or costume artist, a theater technician, a lighting or scene designer, or a stage manager. And you’ll be prepared to pursue an advanced degree in theater training.

Graduates from the BA in Theater Arts program have gone on to direct and produce feature films, teach cinema and theater arts at the university level, star in nationally syndicated television shows, and found their own theaters.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (28 CREDIT HOURS):
• Theater Skills I: Stagecraft and Lighting
• Theater Skills II: Costume and Makeup
• Performance IA
• Theater Practicum I
• Theater Practicum II
• Design for Performance
• Play Analysis
• Theater History I
• Theater History II
• Theater Practicum III
• Theater Management I
• Theater Practicum IV

V. Specializations
In addition to completing the core requirements, Theater Arts majors must complete the requirements specified in one of the three specializations below.
General Theater Specialization (24 Credit Hours)
• Performance 1B
• Voice for Performance
• Upper division elective
• Upper division elective
• Music elective
• Dance elective
Choose 3 hours from the following:
• Topics in Theater
• Development of the English Drama up to the Moderns
• Shakespeare's Tradegies and Romances
• Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories
• Modern and Contemporary Drama
Choose 3 hours from the following:
• Lighting Design
• Scene Design
• Costume Design
• Makeup Design
Choose 3 hours from the following:
• Theater Management II
• Stage Management
• Directing

Theater Design/Technology (37 Credit Hours)
• Drawing and Rendering for the Theater
• History of Costume Decor
• Art History
• Technology Studio
• Master Design Class
• Computer Design Skills
• Scenic, Lighting or Costume Projects
• Portfolio
Choose 3 hours from the following:
• Drafting for the Theater
• Costume Techology
Choose 9 hours from the following:
• Lighting Design
• Scene Design
• Costume Design
• Makeup Design
Choose 3 hours from the following:
• Lighting Design II
• Scene Design II
• Costume Design II

Theater Management Specialization (24 Credit Hours)
• Logic
• Microeconomics
• Principles of Leadership
• Stage Management
• Organizational Behavior
• Theater Management II
Choose 3 hours from the following:
• General Psychology
or
• Theories of Personality
Choose 3 hours from the following:
• Special Topics in Theater Management
or
• Stage Management II

VI. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VII . GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

Internships

Theater arts majors have opportunities to complete professional credit-earning internships with performing arts companies. Internships are excellent opportunities to learn new skills, explore your passions, and collaborate and network with professionals. These experiences are an outstanding addition to your résumé and provide a distinct advantage in the business world and for graduate school.

Some of our students have pursued internships with organizations such as these:

  • Austin Lyric Opera
  • EmilyAnn Theatre (Wimberley)
  • KROX radio
  • Scottish Rite Children’s Theatre (Austin)
  • Temple Civic Theatre (Temple)
  • The Ensemble Theatre (Houston)

Students have also undertaken post-graduate internships with organizations such as these:

  • Clear Channel Radio (Miami)
  • The Acting Company (NYC)
  • The Mela Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Creative Expression

Theater arts students are invited to participate in several professional/educational conferences throughout the year, as well as opportunities such as these:

  • The student-run, service-oriented Transit Theatre Troupe, as writers, directors, performers, designers and administrators
  • The Frontera/Hyde Park Fringe Festival, as stage managers, sound designers, lighting designers, actors and house managers
  • The Edinburg Festival Fringe and other concurrently produced festivals, as performers, event planning interns and marketing interns

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