Teaching and cultivating the theatrical arts

Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT) stands at the center of the Department of Performing Arts theater training program at St. Edward’s University and operates on a professional model.

Theater Arts Students Acting on Stage, MMNT at St. Edward's

Our program requires students to learn all facets of theatrical production and demands the highest level of commitment and craft in their work. Through MMNT, students have the opportunity to:

  • Work alongside professional guest designers, directors and actors
  • Earn points toward membership in Actors’ Equity Association — the union of professional actors and stage managers in the U.S.
  • Explore all facets of theatrical production

Theater Arts Students Acting in Mr. Burn's, MMNT at St. Edward's

Theater Arts Students Acting in Mouthful, MMNT at St. Edward's

A Rare Theater Arts Program for Undergraduates

St. Edward’s University is home to one of the finest Theater Arts programs in the region and one of the nation’ s few undergraduate-only programs incorporating a full season under the Actors’ Equity Association U/RTA agreement. MMNT is also a TCG Member Theatre.

Housed within the Department of Performing Arts in the School of Humanities, 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
  • Practical application in a professional environment  

Students receive the training, education and experience necessary to pursue careers in the theater and create a foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Students can pursue a BA in Theater Arts or a BFA in Acting

We offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Theater with an emphasis in theater (general), theater design/technology, theater management or theater education (through the School of Education). We offer minors in Theater Arts, Musical Theater and Music.

While in residence, many students find internship opportunities in film and video production, with casting agencies and with local theater companies. We are located in the thriving, creative city of Austin, Texas. See what’s in the works for our current theater season and come for a visit. We look forward to seeing you!

The Imaginary Invalid, adapted by David Chambers, photo by fabrizio photo

Theater Arts Students Acting in Auturo Ui, MMNT at St. Edward's

Scholarship Audition Weekend

Prospective theater students who have applied for university admission and been accepted to St Edward’s are encouraged to join us in February for our Scholarship Audition Weekend, a two-day immersion in all things theatrical here at St. Edward’s. You will have opportunities to sit in on classes, tour the campus, dine with current students, audition for a theater scholarship, see a show, meet the cast and crew and take workshops with university faculty. The Scholarship Audition weekend is a perfect way to test your 'fit' with the theater program as you are making that all-important college decision. And always feel free to contact us with any questions! Learn more about Scholarship Audition Weekend (PDF).