Turn your passion for musical theater into professional-level skills at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward’s.
Learn by collaborating with working artists in the Austin theater community, and earn points toward your membership in Actor’s Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Take courses in piano and voice, or join a musical ensemble on campus. Hone your skills in ballet, tap or other styles of dance. And take advantage of life in Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, where you can see bands perform and catch local and touring productions every week. Audition for local shows, including those with Summer Stock Austin or the summer musical at the Zilker Hillside Theater.
The Musical Theater minor is part of the Department of Performing Arts.
Outside of the Classroom
Mary Moody Northen Theater (MMNT) stands at the center of the theater training program and operates on a professional model. Through MMNT, students work and perform alongside professionals in the field and may earn points towards membership in Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. MMNT produces at least one musical each season. For more information on MMNT, including reviews of past musical productions, follow this link.
You will have unique opportunities in the cosmopolitan city of Austin, Texas, known as "The Live Music Capital of the World." With major events like Austin City Limits and South by Southwest, more than 200 live music venues, and 1,650 music-related businesses, Austin is the place to be if you're interested in music and performance. You’ll find nearly endless opportunity for artistic expression through St. Edward’s University and the surrounding community.
Transit Theatre Troupe
This student-led organization provides multiple opportunities for involvement in theater production in addition to the university's main stage and class-related productions.
Students can join any of the university's many musical groups to practice, perform, and collaborate with like-minded peers. Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of musical genres, including choral music, classical music, chamber music, mariachi, orchestra, guitar, jazz, and opera.
Meet the Faculty
The faculty of the Theater Arts program at St. Edward's University is invested in the professional and personal development of their students. They come from diverse backgrounds and bring a depth of experience to their teaching.
Our faculty members have graduate degrees from institutions such as:
- Carnegie Mellon University
- New York University
- Yale School of Drama
- The University of California-Irvine
- The University of Washington
Their work has been featured at venues such as:
- The Houston Grand Opera
- The Lyric Opera of Chicago
- Denver Center Theatre Company
- Yale Repertory Theatre
- The Public Theatre
- Utah Shakespeare Theatre
The Musical Theater program faculty members also have experience working on tour, in movies, and on TV.