The Department of Drama at St. Mary’s University provides for the artistic foundation of the University and promotes aesthetic awareness in the community.

Through the medium of theatre, we expose it as a collaborative and communal art that reveals any facet of human condition at a given time. Its transformative nature ultimately results in a work that engages the theatre artist with an audience. We foster a student’s inherent creativity and nurture it into that theatrical expression.

Students actively partake in the interactive dynamic between apprentice and professional through scholarship, training and performance. Our academic offerings demonstrate a broad enough exposure to methodology, so that it enhances their exposure to theatre and its impact on their lives. 

Three female actors during a production of Crimes of the Heart

Drama Minor

St. Mary’s University believes a minor is essential to broaden one’s exposure and skill set for their career. Many majors allow enough hours to pursue a Drama minor.

Students acquire theatrical knowledge and applications that enhance their ability to engage, adapt and contribute to the ever-changing human condition.

Theatre fosters the confidence to become a complete human being who is a critical thinker, who has a curious and open mind, and who can lead a more creative and well-rounded productive life. As a result, one can become the best version of oneself. 

A crowd view of a StMU Theatre production of Triangle Factory Fire

StMU Theatre

What is learned and gleaned from Drama courses is realized through our resident company, StMU Theatre. It is through our artistic dynamic of what happens between master and apprentice that cultivates into those magical moments with an audience.

Three female students smiling at a booth promoting Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega 

The Tau Zeta Cast at St. Mary’s University is the local chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society. It promotes theatre as a transformative art and essential to the creative growth and development of its members.

Community Outreach

Theatre serves as a transformative and enriching benefit to those who engage in it. We have reached out into the San Antonio community to, not only share our talents and abilities, but also to strengthen perceptions of how theatre can impact lives.

Theatre faculty in Pokemon costume

Here are some examples of how our program has reached out to understand and serve our local communities:

  • Mentorship productions with local middle schools
  • Discounted matinee performances for high school students (with post-show discussion forums)
  • Community panel discussions on issues affiliated with our productions
  • THEATREQUEST (summer program for middle and high school students)
  • Storytelling Time at the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio
  • Workshops with local non-profit organizations
  • Teacher training with local elementary schools

Academic Programs in the Department of Drama


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