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.
Through the Theater Arts program and the Mary Moody Northen Theatre, you will:
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.
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
Program concludes Saturday afternoon, depending on your audition time
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.
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.
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.
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.