Mary Moody Northen Theater recently won five Austin Critics’ Table Awards for last season, including Best Musical (She Loves Me), Best Direction (David Long for Mr. Burns) and, of particular note, the Deacon Crain Award for Outstanding Student Work. Learn more about Theater Arts at St. Edward's.
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.
Through the Theater Arts program and the Mary Moody Northen Theatre, you will:
- Work alongside professional guest actors, directors and designers
- Earn points toward membership in Actors’ Equity Association (the professional union of actors and stage managers in the United States)
- Explore all aspects of theatrical production
Scholarship Audition Week
Scholarship Audition Week is your chance to immerse yourself (virtually) 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 Week in advance and video auditions must be received by Feb. 19, 2021. Space is limited.
- To receive a registration link, please contact the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations open on Dec. 2. You must register by Feb. 15.
*All times are in Central Standard Time
Week of Feb. 22, 2021
- View a performance class (pre-recorded; available 2/22- 2/26): Options include, Performance 1A, Performance 2, Acting for the Camera
- Take a virtual campus tour (available 2/22- 2/26)
- Attend at least one live class. Choose between:
- Stage Management I - Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
- Voice 3: Dialects - Thursday Feb. 25, 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
- Make-up Design - Thursday, Feb. 25, 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
- Musical Theatre Showcase - Friday, Feb. 26, 10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 26, 2021
- Q & A with current students: 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
- Participate in student-led tours of our spaces and department overview: 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
- Participate in a virtual conversation with our alumni: 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
- Attend the virtual performance of the world premiere of Maypearl by Tlaloc Rivas and participate in the live talkback with director/playwright, performers and production team following the show. Curtain at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021
- Required: Attend at least two virtual workshops. 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 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.
- Shakespeare - taught by faculty member Sheila Gordon
- Improvisation - taught by alumni Jarrett King
- Introduction to Design Thinking - taught by faculty members Kathryn Eader and Susan Branch Towne
- Audition Prep Workshop - taught by alumni Tyler Mount
- Parent FAQ with faculty, current students and alumni 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
- Audition Interviews (time scheduled at registration) 12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Video Audition and Registration Details
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. Reminder: your submission must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm on Feb. 19. Your submission link will be provided with your registration.
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 virtual interview to present their portfolios and video auditions are not required (but may be submitted).
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 Week 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 19.
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, Public Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, 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.