The Theater Arts program at St. Edward’s University combines a liberal arts education with artistic exploration and rigorous training in a professional environment. Students may specialize in theater design/technology, theater management, general theater or theater education (through the School of Education), or they may pursue a BFA in Acting. We prepare students for graduate level training and for careers in professional or educational theater.

Professional Training in the Performing Arts

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. 

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 Weekend

The 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 weekend. Please note: Scholarship Audition Weekend is not an audition for the BFA program. BFA auditions take place 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 Weekend.
  • All students must be registered for Scholarship Audition Weekend in advance. Space is limited. 
  • To receive a registration link, please contact the Office of Admission at 512-448-8500 or seu.admit [at] (subject: Theater%20Scholarship%20Auditions) . Reservations open on Dec. 1. You must be registered by Feb. 9.

Program Structure

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

  • Check-in at 9 a.m.
  • Welcome, campus tour, class visit
  • First block of auditions and interviews; tour of design facilities
  • Dinner with Theater Arts faculty, staff and students
  • Performance: The Three Musketeers at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

  • Morning workshops (required). Led by St. Edward’s University faculty, Saturday morning workshops are an important part of matching student to program and are a required part of your audition. Students should bring clothes that allow for movement to the workshops.
  • Parent FAQ
  • Second block of auditions and interviews; tour of design facilities

Program concludes Saturday afternoon, depending on your audition time

Audition 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. We will provide an accompanist, so singers should bring sheet music in the correct key with their 16-bar selection clearly marked.

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

Important Additional Information

When you arrive, please make sure you have six stapled packets containing the following materials: recent headshot or photo, theatrical résumé, one-page statement of artistic goals, and an optional letter of support from a theater teacher. All items are required at check-in, and students may not audition without them.

Due to the intensive nature of the event, we are unable to consider students for scholarships unless they attend Scholarship Audition Weekend. Any student who has been accepted to the university is eligible to major in Theater Arts, regardless of attendance at Scholarship Audition Weekend. Students must major in Theater Arts in order to receive theater scholarships. All students will be notified of award status by March 30.

Weekend Details and Accommodations

We encourage you to plan ahead for your visit and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. We do not house students on campus for this program.

Our Faculty

St. Edward’s University theater faculty members hold graduate degrees from New York University, Yale School of Drama, UC Irvine and the University of Washington, 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.


Recent Awards

Recent Awards

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.