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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

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.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Theater Arts majors take courses from these groups:

CORE COURSES
All students who major in theater arts complete core courses, which include Theater Skills, Performance, Design for Performance, Theater Practicum, Theater History, Play Analysis and Theater Management.

SUPPORTING COURSES
BA in Theater Arts majors complete supporting courses, which could include upper-level performance courses, Musical Theater, Directing, Stage Lighting, Costume Design, Voice for Performance, Movement, Breath and Yoga, Principles of Marketing, or more, depending on a student’s chosen specialization.

SPECIALIZATIONS
Students can choose one of three specializations: general theater, theater design/technology, or theater/stage management.

SENIOR PROJECT
BA in Theater Arts majors complete a senior project in their area of specialization. In acting, students create and perform a solo performance thesis project, exhibiting a comprehensive understanding of the process of acting and its application. In scenic, costume, make-up and stage lighting design, students present a public exhibit for portfolio review in the lobby of the Mary Moody Northen Theatre. Design students may also have the opportunity to design during the main season. Stage management and acting students have the opportunity to accrue Equity Membership Candidate points, leading toward potential union membership in Actors’ Equity Association.

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View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts.

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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