Welcome to the Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward's University

For more than 40 years Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT) has presented plays designed to inspire the next generation of artists and audiences. MMNT stands at the center of the St. Edward’s University theater training program and operates on a professional model, requiring students to learn all facets of theatrical production and demanding the highest level of commitment and craft in their work. Through MMNT, young artists study directly with top professionals to explore the theatrical arts, learn from one another, build lasting relationships, and earn points toward membership in Actors’ Equity Association. We program our seasons with a focus on education, entertainment, stimulating thought and discourse, sharing the magic of live theatre, and, we hope, challenging the perspectives of those who participate, whether artist or audience. Equally important, we bring our work to audiences in an affordable, flexible package with a commitment to provide everyone a great theater experience. Come share in the fun and excitement of the theater on the Hilltop.


OUR 2015-2016 SEASON

Join us for our 2015-2016 season, which kicks off September 24 with the Central Texas premiere of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play.  We promise four exciting shows, casts including our talented students and a compliment of local professionals, beautiful designs, excellent stories well told, and the best value in town. Single tickets go on sale three weeks prior to opening through the MMNT box office (512-448-8484) or online. We look forward to seeing you soon at the theater on the hill!

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

by Anne Washburn, score by Michael Friedman, lyrics by Anne Washburn
directed by David Long
September 24 - October 4, 2015

After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created. Ben Brantley of the N Y Times writes: [W]ith grand assurance and artistry, Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself, and makes a case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all.” Featuring Equity guests Jill Blackwood and Marc Pouhé. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

                                                            “Downright brilliant! When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin?”  The New York Times

An interview with the playwright: http://yhoo.it/1iyfYyz

Read the Austin Chronicle review.

To Kill A Mockingbird

by Christopher Sergel
based on the book by Harper Lee
directed by Robert Tolaro
November 12 - 22, 2015

In 1935, young “Scout” Finch, her brother Jem and their neighbor Dill spend their evenings in Maycomb, Alabama exploring, imagining and crafting stories, many of which are fixated upon a mysterious neighbor.  At the same time, Scout’s father, attorney Atticus Finch, has agreed to defend a young black man accused of accosting a local white woman. Through their games, the trial and resulting events, Scout and Jem learn about compassion, integrity and the value of standing up for your beliefs. “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is one’s conscience,“ says Atticus Finch. Based upon Harper Lee’s 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, these words are still important to hear. An American classic. Featuring guest artists Brian Coughlin, Carla Nickerson and Marc Pouhé.

 "[This play] reaches out directly to what matters most — the awakening of the heart." The New York Times

The Government Inspector

adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
based on the play by Nikolai Gogol
directed by Michelle Polgar
February 11 - 21, 2016

When the locals in a small Russian hamlet learn that an undercover government inspector is coming for a surprise visit, an unfortunate case of mistaken identity sends the whole village spiraling into a world of panic and greed. Witty, smart and wildly satirical, this timely and spirited adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's classic play exposes the corruption of a provincial town with biting hilarity. Featuring guest artists Meredith McCall, Jeffrey Mills and Michael Stuart. “One part farce, one part slapstick, with a dash of musical theater, this naughty, frothy play is wholly entertaining…[A] clever, fearless script" —Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

 [T]his is one funny show. Vancouver Plays.

She Loves Me

book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Brock
based on a play by Miklos Laszlo
directed by Nick Mayo
April 7 - 17, 2016

As shop clerks in a 1930’s European perfumery, Amalia and Georg feud constantly. Privately, both respond to a "Lonely Hearts” advertisement in the newspaper and begin to fall in love with their mysterious romantic pen-pals. As they independently seek to discover the identity of their true loves, they trigger a string of comedic complications leading to the happiest of endings. She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old-word elegance. The 1993 Broadway revival won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the 1994 Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

“[O]ne of the most delightful musicals of the 20th century.”  The Wall Street Journal


Unless otherwise noted, all productions run Thursday - Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Our box office opens one hour prior to curtain and the auditorium opens for seating 30 minutes before the designated start time. All seats are reserved. Concessions are available in the lobby prior to the performance and during intermission. All performances take place at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre on the St. Edward's University main campus. For a campus map, please click here.

For more information, or to be added to the MMNT mailing list, please contact Mary Moody Northen Theatre, or call the MMNT box office at 512-448-8484.



Read the Austin360 review of Love and Information (September/October 2014) HERE.


Read the Austin Chronicle review of Hamlet (November 2014) HERE.


Read the Austin Chronicle review of Misallaince (February 2015) HERE.



Read the Austin Chronicle review of The Robber Bridegroom (April 2015) HERE.


Mary Moody Northen Theatre (MMNT) operates on a professional model and stands at the center of the St. Edward's University professional theater training program under the School of Humanities. MMNT is a member of Theatre Communications Group and is affiliated with Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.