About Mary Moody Northen Theatre and the Department of Performing Arts

The Imaginary Invalid, adapted by David Chambers, at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Mary Moody Northen Theatre operates on a professional model and stands at the core of the St. Edward's University professional theater training program in the Department of Performing Arts

Through the Mary Moody Northen Theatre, students:

  • 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

Mary Moody Northen Theatre operates under an agreement with Actors' Equity Association and is a TCG Member Theatre.

Blood Wedding at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre

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. 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.

Peer Gynt at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre

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. Lean more about us online, or come for a visit. We look forward to seeing you!


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 here

Hamlet at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre