Break out of your comfort zone, find your passion and prepare yourself for your future

The Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts program at St. Edward’s will expand your creative abilities in a diverse field from performing on stage to producing the show backstage to creating beautiful sets, props, and costumes.

Theater Arts students will learn every aspect of their craft from performing to costuming to managing and every role in between. Students will not JUST be actors or JUST be designers, but rather students will be well-rounded members of the Theater Arts community ready to engage in any and every task that is required of them. In our Theater Arts program, you will ... 

  • Study and perfect skills from a range of disciplines
  • Build your professional networks along with your résumé
  • Hone your craft in a high-calibre, professional environment
  • Work alongside faculty, staff, and guest artists
  • Learn about all the moving parts of a theater organization
  • Earn points toward your union membership with Actors' Equity Union

A degree in Theater Arts enhances your opportunity to dive right into mainstage productions post-graduation. This program offers three tracks of study designed to prepare students for their desired specilization of acting, designing, or managing. Students may also major in Theater Education through a joint arrrangement with the School of Education.

Scholarship Audition Weekend

Unsure if St. Edward's University's theater program is right for you? Come find out for yourself. Join us for SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION WEEKEND on February 23 and 24, 2018 (Friday and Saturday). Meet current students, tour campus, sit in on a class, see a show, attend a post-play discussion, take workshops from theater faculty and audition for theater scholarships. We know how challenging it can be to make college decisions, so we invite you to come and give us a try. We think  you will like what you experience. For more information, go HERE.

More information available at Performing Arts Department

Degree Plan

1. Theater General

This track will allow students to gain insight into all aspects of Theater, including voice and performance, movement, play analysis, theater history, theatrical design and technology, dramatic literature and more. You will explore the world of Theater for all it has to offer and build your skills across the discipline. Students in the General Theater track go on to form theater companies, become playwrights and directors, attend graduate school, and pursue a host of other opportunities. In this track, you will ... 

  • Build skills in acting, dance and music
  • Design, create and build sets, props, costumes, hair and make-up
  • Analyze theatrical texts
  • Learn about the past and present of Theater
  • Apply skills learned in the classroom to their practical application in production

Upon completion of the freshman year, students will choose whether to continue with the General Theater specialization, shift their focus to Theater Design/Technology or Theater Management, or audition for the BFA in Acting.

Major Requirements: 28 hours of Theater Core major courses and 24 hours of General Theater Specialization courses.

Electives: 

General Education Requirements: 57 hours of general education courses plus major courses and electives.

View and download the full degree plan for Theater Arts with General Theatre Specialization (PDF).

2.Theater Design and Technology

Theater Design and Technology students will master skills to produce costumes and set pieces as well as lighting at a professional calibre.  In this track, you will ...

  • Develop costume and tailoring skills
  • Gain a knowledge of machinery and technology
  • Learn past and current techniques to designing
  • Have the ability to work alongside profesionals in your chosen field

Theater Design and Technology can take thier skills and work not only stage productions, but also in film and television or even in advertising. The skills these students learn are widely applicable within and outside the world of Theater.

Major Requirements: 28 hours of Theater Core major courses and 37 hours of Theater Design/Technology Specialization courses.

Electives: 

General Education Requirements: 57 hours of general education courses plus major courses and electives.

View and download the full degree plan for Theater Arts with Design/Technology Specialization (PDF).

3. Theater Management

The Theater Management specialization will bestow students with the leadership and communication skills necessary to be successful in this field. In this track, you will ...

  • Take on leadership roles on a regular basis 
  • Analyze interpersonal relationships within productions
  • Learn the ethical precautions in running a show
  • Gain knowledge applicable to all forms of management in or out of Theater

This track is unique to St. Edward's University as we are one of a few undergraduate theater programs that offer a specialization in Theater Management. 

Major Requirements: 28 hours of Theater Core major courses and 24 hours of Theater Management Specialization courses.

General Education Requirements: 57 hours of general education courses plus major courses and electives.

Electives: 

View and download the full degree plan for Theater Arts with Management Specialization (PDF).

Faculty and Support Services

 

– David M. Long, Associate Professor of Theater Arts

– Sheila M. Gordon, Associate Professor of Theater Arts

 

– Kathryn A. Eader, Assistant Professor of Theater Arts

Student Support Services

Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage these resources that help them thrive and excel:

  • Academic counseling and advising
  • Supplemental instruction and tutoring
  • Career preparation and advising 
  • Writing Center consultation
  • Health and wellness counseling
  • Student disability support

 

 

Learn more about these services.

Outside the Classroom

Guest Artists

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

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 will 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. 

Internships

Many Hilltoppers find internships with local arts agencies during the year or pursue summer programs both in Austin and around the country. Students have interned with:

  • ZACH Theatre
  • Austin Opera
  • Ballet Austin
  • The Long Center
  • The Rude Mechanicals
  • Austin Film Festival
  • Zilker Theatre Productions
  • Barrington Stage Company
  • Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
  • Williamstown Theater Festival
  • The Bay Area Playwright's Festival

Alumni Outcomes

St. Edward's University Theater Arts graduates are prepared to work in their field or pursue graduate training. When you walk out of our doors with your degree in hand, you will join a network of hard-working, accomplished and caring alumni. Our program graduates are working in film and television, running theaters across the country and working for off-Broadway companies.

Our recent graduates have interned with:

  • The Acting Company
  • Actors' Theatre of Louisville
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Manhattan Theatre Company
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival
 

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.

Read about our successful alumni. See what they have to say about life after St. Edward’s.

About the Minor

Would you like to major in something else, but still keep the theater as a core part of your university experience? Consider minoring in Theater Arts. The minor requires 24 hours of coursework.

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​

Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.