Theater, Music & Arts

At St. Edward's University, we promote artistic expression and experience on stage, through exhibitions and behind the camera or curtain — across our community as well as in the classroom.

All students at St. Edward's enjoy opportunities to deepen their connection to the arts. Through student organizations, groups and venues, they join with professionals to produce and perform a wide-range of music and dance. They view and participate in art exhibits on campus and interact with nationally respected visiting artists. And they stretch their theatrical talents in creative and experimental plays, whether performed on the steps of Holy Cross Hall or the stage of Mary Moody Northen Theatre.

Productions include classic and contemporary drama and comedy. Students design costumes, sets, lighting and other key elements of each performance. As a theater-in-the-round, the Mary Moody Northen Theatre offers students a unique challenge. Student specializations include performance, design/technology, theater education and administration/stage management. Students participate in five annual productions beginning their freshman year. Students find internships in film, video production, at casting agencies and with local theater companies. The St. Edward's theater program encourages students to act, write, design and direct. The university's costume and set designs earn recognition among the local theater community. Students combine classroom training with performance experience. The intimate stage of Mary Moody Northen Theatre brings the audience close to the action. St. Edward's offers one of the country's few undergraduate-only Actors' Equity Candidacy Programs with a full, regular season. Successful alumni return to campus to share their expertise in workshops and special productions. Performances include world premieres and Shakespeare's most well-known plays. Professional members of the Actors' Equity Association perform with students and share their knowledge. Students practice costume and make-up design under the supervision of experienced professional designers. Theater productions also involve students behind the scenes and in the box office. Steady, the St. Edward's jazz ensemble, enlivens campus with big band jazz and rock music. The Omni Singers treat the university to rousing renditions of musical theater, show and pop music. Each year, Photocommunications, Art and Design seniors showcase their work in student-organized exhibits. Visitors to campus view student work in displays that are open to the public. Senior showcases challenge students to explore topics of personal interest and express their passions. The Fine Arts Gallery displays artwork created by students, faculty and local artists.

Here is a sampling of theater, music and visual art groups, performances and venues:
Ballet Folklorico

Performing and celebrating traditional Latin American dances, raising awareness of culture, language, music, history and other aspects of cultural diversity.

Fine Arts Gallery

Here students can celebrate the artistic achievements of their peers and faculty or rub elbows with prominent artists from around the country through portfolio exhibitions and special shows. Both a teaching gallery and exhibition venue, the gallery is located in the Fine Arts Center on the northwest corner of campus. Past visiting artists and guest lecturers have included Michael Kellner, Alexandra Robinson and Carol Fluekiger.

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Mary Moody Northen Theatre

This 178-seat arena theater houses our nationally recognized Theater Arts program. Through Mary Moody Northen Theatre, St. Edward's University students and faculty work alongside professional guest artists and produce five plays each season. Sell-out audiences enjoy a varied repertoire, including classical works, contemporary plays and Broadway musicals. The theater is affiliated with the Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States, and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group.

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Transit Theatre Troupe

Students at St. Edward’s create innovative theater on their own terms through the Transit Theatre Troupe. The Troupe produces site-specific theatrical works in varying locations around campus, providing opportunities for theater artists to complement their main stage experiences. The Troupe produces new plays, bravura contemporary works such as "SubUrbia" by Eric Bogosian and "Recent Tragic Events" by Craig Wright, and re-imagines classical texts. Local charities benefit from plays performed by the Transit Theatre Troupe.

Musical Groups

The music program at St. Edward's sponsors four performance groups who entertain audiences on and off campus. Groups include: Hilltopper Chorale (classical, gospel, and the Pops), Omni Singers (musical revue, song and dance), Vocal Jazz Ensemble (jazz), and the Madrigal Singers (Renaissance style).

Instrumental groups also add to the musical life of our campus community. The hilltop is home to the St. Edward's Orchestra, the St. Edward’s Chamber Music Ensemble, the Mariachi Alas de Oro (classical and popular music of Mexico) and the Steady jazz band.

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