Celebrating 40th Season for Mary Moody Northen Theatre
Every year, the St. Edward’s Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT) tackles challenging contemporary plays and beloved classics, with theater professionals joining students on and off the stage.
The 2012-2013 season is special: the Theater Arts program’s 40th anniversary. To celebrate, the theater’s directors have assembled a spectacular selection of plays from Mée to Shakespeare
Spotlighting a Milestone Year
At Homecoming and Family Weekend 2013, several events honored the theater program’s anniversary. Hilltopper parents enjoyed a special performance of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Tim Russ ’77, best known for his role as Tuvok in Star Trek Voyager, received the Distinguished Alumni Award at a dinner emceed by his friend, award-winning director and theater professor Nate Thomas ’79. And four decades of Theater Arts alumni reunited. They came from Hollywood, Broadway and locales in between. All shared stories of their time at the place where it all began.
Theater Arts graduate Jon Wayne Martin ’11 has benefited from this close-knit community. He found his position in New York City with The Acting Company, the leading classical repertory touring company in America, through an alumnus connection.
“Acting teacher Richard Robichaux’s dedication to my artistic growth got me into a competitive two-year, conservatory-style acting school to study technique with his former mentor. Now The Acting Company has become my theater family, much like the theater family I had at St. Edward’s,” he says.
Gaining Professional Training and Skills
In each MMNT production, students work alongside members of the Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union for actors and stage managers. This standard sets the St. Edward’s undergraduate theater program apart; it is one of only a few in the country that allows students to earn points toward Actors’ Equity membership.
“Our program is rigorous, from the coursework to the high level of production. By holding our students to professional standards, we prepare them to succeed in their discipline,” says Artistic Director David Long.
Students also benefit from experiencing every aspect of theater. “In addition to performing, I’ve worked on sound, lighting, as a dresser and in the scene shop during my time at St. Edward’s,” says Theater Arts major Hannah Fonder ’14. “The program really gives you the flexibility to find out who you are as an artist.”
The parents of Tyler Mount ’13 are grateful for the opportunities the Theater Arts program has given their son.
Read why the Mount family made a gift to the program »
Don’t miss the final productions in the 40th anniversary season, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Secret Garden.
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