Take the stage — or work behind it

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. 

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 Acting program requires an audition/interview.

St. Edward’s University is one of only a few undergraduate theater programs in the country to partner with the Actors’ Equity Association. This means you’ll work alongside successful guest artists from film, stage and television— and in close collaboration with your professors and fellow students. Students who successfully complete the Membership Candidate program requirements are eligible for Actors’ Equity membership.


Students who graduate from this program enter the workforce prepared for a career within theater arts but also equipped with the soft skills necessary to succeed in virtually any field. Students who pursue professional careers within the field work for theater, film, television, and radio in areas such as:

  • Direction
  • Acting
  • Playwriting
  • Dramatic Criticism
  • Literary Manager
  • Stage Management
  • Theater Management
  • Drama Therapy
  • Theater Educator
  • Arts Management
  • Cruise Lines and Amusement Parks​

Students also pursue graduate school. They may study to earn a master of arts, master of fine arts or doctor of philosophy.

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 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

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.