Take the stage — or work behind it

Misalliance at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts major 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. Students enjoy these challenging and fun training experiences. 

Preparing for Eurydice at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Theater Arts majors first master the theater core. This provides them with a general knowledge of all aspects of theater arts. Then, students select from four different specializations to continue their studies:

  • General Theater
  • Acting*
  • Theater Design and Technology
  • Theater Management 
*Admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program requires an audition/interview.

In addition, students may major in Theater Eduction through a joint arrangement with the School of Education

Blood Wedding at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Through the Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT), St. Edward’s University partners with the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) to present a full production season under an AEA University/Resident Theater Association (U/RTA) agreement. We are one of only a handful of undergraduate-only level programs with this affiliation. This means you’ll work alongside successful guest artists from film, stage and television — and in close collaboration with your professors and fellow students — and will be eligible to earn points toward membership in the professioanl actors' and stage manangers' union. Students who successfully complete the Equity Membership Candidacy program requirements are eligible for Actors’ Equity membership.

On The Verge by Eric Overmyer at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Outcomes

Graduates of the St. Edward's University theater program graduate prepared to enter the theater workforce and pursue a career within the industry. Further, they posess valuable skills necessary to succeed in virtually any field. Students who pursue professional careers within the field work for theater, film, video, television and academia in areas such as:

  • Acting
  • Design (Sound, Lighting, Scene, Costume, Props)
  • Stage Management
  • Playwriting
  • Production Management
  • Dramaturgy
  • Audience Services
  • Directing
  • Theater Management
  • Theater Education
  • Literary Management
  • Costume Technology
  • Properties Construction
  • Technical Direction

Students are well equipt to work in the field and pursue graduate school, where they may choose to pursue a master of arts, master of fine arts or doctor of philosophy. Recent graduates have attended Harvard, Yale, Penn State and UCLA graduate training programs. St. Edward's University theater alumni are working professionally across the spectrum in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, internationally, and all points in between.

Outside the Classroom

Guest Artists

Guest artists from the world of professional theater, film and television are invited to work with faculty and students in production. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in hands-on work in acting, writing, design and direction.

Learn in a City Thriving on Artistic Culture and Creative Expression

In addition, students in the Theater Arts major are uniquely positioned to take advantage of the variety of arts supported by the vibrant culture of Austin. While studying at St. Edward's, you'll be connected to the pulse of a cosmopolitan city. Austin is home to a community of people who appreciate the beauty of human expression. Engaging with the local culture will feed your soul. It's also an epicenter to creativity and attracts world class events. Your immersion in such a colorful art scene will enrich your educational experience and connect you to people who share your passion. 

Meet the Faculty

“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

About the Minor

Students who wish to earn a Theater Arts minor must take the following coursework, totaling 21 hours.

Required Courses:
  • Theatre Skills I: Stagecraft and Lighting
  • Theatre Skills II: Costume and Makeup
  • Acting for Non-Majors
  • Design for Performance
  • Theater History I or Theater History II
  • Theater Management I
  • Private or Voice Classes (2 hrs.)
  • Dance (1 hr.)
  • Electives​

Students must select three additional hours from the approved elective coursework for the Theater Arts minor.

For more information about applicable coursework, please consult the undergraduate bulletin.