Unleash the artist within and become a standout performer

Students in the Musical Theater minor at St. Edward’s University sing, dance, create music, and immerse themselves in the world of theater.

In this program, you will learn basic musicianship and musical theater. Explore music through electives in topics such as piano, voice, or by joining a musical group on campus. Hone your dancing skills through dance electives, whether you choose ballet, tap, or musical theater dance. This minor requires 18 hours of coursework. 

Students in this program have the unique opportunity to participate in a theater program which has a relationship with the Actors' Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. This is an incredible chance to build your career. St. Edward’s University is one of only a few universities in the nation with a relationship with the Actor’s Equity. Students have the opportunity to collaborate and perform with professionals as they expand their networks and grow as artists and performers. Our respected Mary Moody Northen Theatre is your stage. You can participate in a variety of productions, including classical works, contemporary plays, and Broadway Musicals. 

 

Outside of the Classroom

Mary Moody Northen Theatre

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.

Austin

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.

Musical Groups 

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.