Hilltopper Family Spotlight
As applause soared for 7-year old Tyler Mount’s performance in his school play, Greg and Yvonne Mount knew they were the proud parents of a budding actor. “He was just a natural,” they say. With their encouragement, Tyler stayed active in theater through high school, igniting his passion for the art.
Tyler fueled that passion on the hilltop as a top student in the Theater Arts program and recipient of a St. Edward’s University Theater Arts Scholarship. He graduates this May with acting and stage management experience in 15 shows within the university’s Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT). His parents haven’t missed a production, gladly making the 140-mile trip from their home in Montgomery, Texas.
Challenging Program, Real-World Preparation
Greg and Yvonne are impressed with their son’s career preparation at St. Edward’s. “Two years ago, we saw Tyler perform on campus, and I told Yvonne, ‘I can see him on Broadway now,’” says Greg. “He has grown so much — a lot due to the one-on-one mentoring he receives from faculty.”
Tyler adds that the rigor of participating in four university productions each year is critical training for the highly competitive theater field. “We work with professional actors, directors and designers who hold you to very high standards,” he says. “They inspire you to work harder. And they become lifelong business contacts for you — locally and nationally.”
Opportunities Open Doors
Unlike most undergraduate programs, theater students at St. Edward’s can earn points toward membership in the Actors’ Equity Association. Tyler set a university record by gaining his Equity Card in just two years. “It’s the cherry on top of everything this program offers,” he says. “When I graduate, I can immediately audition for Broadway and other professional theaters that require Equity
Greg and Yvonne recently made a generous financial gift to the Theater Arts program. “We see the great opportunities St. Edward’s has given Tyler and other students. We want to support that and do what we can to help,” says Greg.
This year, the theater program celebrates its 40th anniversary.
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The season’s final play, The Secret Garden, will be directed by Tony Award-nominated actor Robert Westenberg. “To see Tyler in his last show at St. Edward’s will be bittersweet,” says Yvonne. Tyler agrees. “Attending St. Edward’s is the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ll miss it,” he says.