The St. Edward’s Department of Performing Arts provides students a well-rounded foundation that values all facets of the performing arts.  Through rigorous training, mentorships and practical experience in a professional setting, we challenge theater students to discover their voice as the storytellers and content creators of tomorrow.  

Students may pursue a BA in Theater Arts with a specialization in emerging forms, theater design/technology or theater management, or they may pursue a BFA in Acting. Theater minors are available in theater education and musical theater. We prepare students for graduate level training and for careers in professional or educational theater.

Scholarship Audition Weekend

Scholarship Audition Weekend is your chance to immerse yourself in the Theater Arts program — meeting faculty and students, attending classes and workshops, and seeing the quality of work we produce. We evaluate students for scholarships based not only on the individual audition and interview but also on their workshop participation and engagement throughout the week. Please note: Scholarship Audition Week is not an audition for the BFA program. BFA auditions take place during the second semester of the first year at St. Edward’s.

Application and Registration Requirements

  • Admission application and supporting documents must be received by Feb. 1 in order to register. 
  • Students must be accepted to St. Edward’s to participate in Scholarship Audition Week.
  • All students must be registered for Scholarship Audition Weekend by February 15, 2022.
  • To receive a registration link, please contact the Office of Admission at seu.admit@stedwards.edu. Reservations open early January.

Program Structure

Friday, Feb. 25, 2022

  • Attend a theater class
  • Q & A with current students
  • Participate in student-led tours of our spaces and department overview
  • Join us for dinner with current faculty, staff and students
  • Audition Interviews (time scheduled after registration)
  • Attend a performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre and participate in a talkback with director, performers and production team following the show.

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022

  • Required: Attend three (3) faculty and alumni-led workshops. These workshops are an important part of matching student to program and are a required part of your audition. Students should be prepared to participate as best as possible.
  • Parent FAQ with faculty, current students and alumni
  • Audition Interviews (time scheduled at registration)

Video Audition and Registration Details

Performance students:
Performance students should prepare two contrasting monologues of no more than three minutes combined. If you would like to sing, please prepare only one monologue and 16 bars of one song; your monologue and song should not exceed three minutes total.

Designers/Technicians/Stage Managers:
Portfolio presentations should be no longer than five minutes to allow for questions from the faculty. Design/Tech and Management students will be given the opportunity during their interview to present their portfolios and monologues are not required (but may be presented). 

Everyone:
All registered students will be required to submit a recent headshot or photo, theatrical résumé, one-page statement of artistic goals, and an optional letter of support from a theater teacher.

Portfolio presentations should be between five and seven minutes to allow for questions from the faculty.

Important Additional Information

Students must participate in Scholarship Audition Weekend to be eligible for departmental scholarships. 
Any student who has been accepted to the university is eligible to major in Theater Arts, regardless of attendance at Scholarship Audition Week. Students must major in Theater Arts in order to receive theater scholarships. 

All students will be notified of award status by March 4.

Our Faculty

St. Edward’s University theater faculty members hold graduate degrees from New York University, Yale School of Drama, the University of Texas and Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, among others. Their work has appeared in diverse venues, including the Houston Grand Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Denver Center Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Public Theatre, on tour, and in film and television.

 

 

Professional Training in the Performing Arts

Choose from the BFA in Acting or the BA in Theater Arts. In both programs, you will engage in classroom training and productions to gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to prepare for a career in the world of theater. You'll have the chance to observe working professionals and work directly with them.