Prepare to take the stage

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at St. Edward’s University is a competitive program for select students who want to take on artistic training needed to succeed in the field of acting and secure work. 

Students in this program will:
  • Develop skills essential for success on stage and on screen
  • Learn every aspect of performance
  • Explore the process of acting, period styles, theater history, play analysis, voice and speech, dialects and movement 
  • Gain valuable experience participating in our Professional Development Series, including workshops on voiceovers, commercial copy and other media
  • Audition for productions where you can participate in the Actor's Equity Association Membership Candidate Program

At the culmination of your studies, you will work in creative collaboration with faculty members to showcase your work for an audience of industry professionals, such as agents and casting directors.

Recognized as “the gold standard” of theater degrees, the BFA in Acting prepares students to compete in the global market or enter a top-tier graduate program. Graduates regularly secure agency representation and work in a variety of markets throughout the country. You'll be surrounded by the best in the business with our location in Austin — one of the nation’s top cities for year-round film production.


Career opportunities with this degree span the entire entertainment industry — including roles in theater, film, television, new media, radio and video gaming.

Audition opportunities are more abundant than ever before. Casting agents are accessing a wider pool of talent through digital casting resources. Students in the Acting program at St. Edward's University are prepared to market themselves for both traditional acting opportunities as well as work using new digital technologies. 

Mary Moody Northen Theatre and Actors' Equity Association

BFA in Acting students audition for roles at the acclaimed Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT) at St. Edward’s University and work with a variety of guest artists. The MMNT operates on a professional model and stands at the center of the actor-training program. In addition to training and mentoring by quality faculty, BFA students attend professional workshops with a variety of guest artists supported by the unique and progressive Professional Development Series at St. Edward's University.

Meet the Faculty

"I never tire of watching young actors discover new levels of confidence, helping speakers develop new eloquence and teaching students the joy of working together for a common goal."

— Everett Lunning, Jr., professor

"I am committed to sharing my many years of professional experience with them. This offers a valuable perspective on what skills and thought processes are most productive in the business arena."

— Susan Branch Towne, professor