The Department of Performing Arts at St. Edward's University combines both the theater and music programs in order to provide a single cohesive department focused solely on performance art.

The department provides students with the training, education and experience they need to pursue careers in the performing arts. Students will create the foundation for a lifetime of learning in both theater and music.

St. Edward's University is home to one of the finest theater arts programs in the region. Our award-winning theater training program identifies and nurtures outstanding creative talent through a curriculum that includes a well-rounded liberal arts education, artistic exploration, rigorous training, intellectual challenge and practical application in a professional environment. 

Professional Opportunities

Mary Moody Northen Theatre and Actors' Equity Association 

Students may also participate in acting opportunities through the Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT), which operates on a professional acting model. Our theatre is a member of Theatre Communications Group and is affiliated with the Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. St. Edward's University is one of the nation's few undergraduate-only programs incorporating a full season under an Actors’ Equity Association University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) agreement. This agreement provides the unique opportunity to work alongside seasoned professionals and earn points toward AEA membership. Students have the opportunity to collaborate and perform with professionals as they expand their networks and grow as artists and performers. The MMNT boasts a capacity of 178 seats. You can participate in a variety of productions, including classical works, contemporary plays, and Broadway Musicals.

Professional Development Series

Guest artists from the world of professional theater, film and television are invited to work with faculty and students in production. Whether it's a professional director, designer, or composer, you'll have the unique opportunity to work closely with artists who have established careers and can share their learned wisdom.

Faculty & Staff

Music Program

The music program develops and builds student musical talents and performance skills through vocal and instrumental music groups. You will have the chance to engage in musical performance in many different types of music, ranging from classical to contemporary.

  • St. Edward’s University Chorale
  • St. Edward’s University Orchestra
  • Omni Singers
  • Madrigal Chamber Choir
  • Jazz Lab Band
  • St. Edward’s Jazz Band “Steady”
  • St. Edward’s Mariachi Alas De Oro
  • Chamber Music Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble

Austin: "The Live Music Capital of the World"

What serves to further distinguish this program from others in the nation is the unparalleled access you have to one of the most robust, thriving cities for music. Our location in Austin, the "Live Music Capital of the World," provides music students with the perfect opportunity to learn in a practical setting. Austin boasts major events like Austin City Limits and South by Southwest in addition to having more than 200 live music venues.

The incredible diversity of music across Austin’s many venues parallels Austin’s cultural diversity, providing endless opportunity for artistic experimentation genre exploration. There are also a whopping 1,650 music-related businesses in Austin, ranging from guitar makers to recording studios. You’ll find nearly endless opportunity for artistic expression through St. Edward’s University and the surrounding community. 

Scholarships and Awards

Outstanding Theater Arts Major

Every April at the St. Edward's Honors Night, faculty select a student from each class plus a transfer student in the program to receive the Outstanding Theater Arts award.

Citizenship Award

This is a one-year award from the Theater Society for tuition/fees made by the faculty and staff at the end of spring semester. It's given to a student who has exceeded expectations in assuming duties in support of productions and their classmates.

Blakely Thompson Scholarship

A one-year award endowed in the memory of Blakely Thompson, a Theater Arts major. The faculty and staff give this award to a student who is most often a transfer focusing on administration and management who has distinguished herself/himself in class and in support of productions.

Jeffrey Loren Belker Scholarship

A one-year award endowed in the memory of Jeffery Loren Belker, who distinguished himself in the area of directing, awarded to a student who has exhibited ability and passion for direction.

Sara Medina-Pape Scholarship

This is a one-year award from the Theater Society in memory of a beloved teacher/designer awarded by the faculty and staff to a student who has made significant achievements in a design area during the school year.