Mary Moody Northen Theatre And The St. Edward's University Theater Arts Program

St. Edward's University is home to one of the finest Theater Arts programs in the region and one of the nation's few undergraduate-only programs incorporating a full season under the Actors’ Equity Association U/RTA agreement.  Our award-winning theater training program identifies and nurtures outstanding creative talent through a curriculum that includes:

  • A well-rounded liberal arts education  
  • Artistic exploration
  • Rigorous training
  • Intellectual challenge
  • Practical application in a professional environment  

Students receive the training, education and experience necessary to pursue careers in the theatre and create a foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Scholarship Audition Weekend: Would you like to try us on for size and at the same time audition for theater scholarship funds? High school seniors who have been accepted by the university are invited to join us for Scholarship Audition Weekend in February. Come and sit in on a theater class, take workshops with SEU faculty, see a show on our mainstage and talk to the students in the program. See if St. Edward's is the right place for you. Registration is required. More information is available on the Scholarships page.

At the Center of Student Training
Mary Moody Northen Theatre operates on a professional model and stands at the core of the professional training program. Through the Mary Moody Northen Theatre, students:

  • Work alongside professional guest designers, directors and actors
  • Earn points toward membership in Actors' Equity Association — the union of professional actors and stage managers in the U.S.
  • Explore all facets of theatrical production

St. Edward's University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theater with an emphasis in theatre (general), theater design/technology, theater management or theatre education (through the School of Education). Students may also pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. While in residence, many students find internship opportunities in film and video production, with casting agencies and with local theater companies.  Learn more about the St. Edward's University School of Humanities.

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Our Faculty

St. Edward's theater faculty members hold graduate degrees from New York University, Yale School of Drama, Rutgers and The University of Washington, among others. Their work has appeared in diverse venues, including the Houston Grand Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Denver Center Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Public Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Theatre, on tour, in film and on television.

Recent guest artists include, but are not limited to, J. Ed Araiza, Garnett Bruce, Barbara Chisholm, Heather Collier, Robert Faires, Babs George, Jamie Goodwin, Ursula Meyer, Phillip Owen, Leigh Kilton-Smith, David Stahl, Josh Tobiessen, Robert Westenberg, Irene White, and Bettye Zoller Zeitz.

Enjoy Outstanding Live Theater
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