• M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.A., Incarnate Word College


  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Voice and Diction
  • Acting
  • Acting for Shakespeare
  • Auditioning
  • Theatre History
  • Ballet
  • Rehearsal and Performance


Bernadette Hamilton-Brady has served in Administration for the Drama Department for 32 years, part of which was as Director of Theatre under a previous departmental designation, and is now currently the Chair. Under her tenure, she has produced, directed, acted, light designed, and choreographed for over sixty productions at St. Mary’s University.

Her expertise encompasses pedagogical applications at her campus, study-abroad in London, and production work in creativity, theatre, musical theatre and dance. Such work included her one-woman show on Pola Negri entitled His Polita in 2003. This production was based upon research gathered from the Pola Negri Collection in the St. Mary’s University Blume Library’s Archives as well as other sources. She presented supplemental research from this project at the FINA International Conference: Pola Negri and the Vicissitudes of Stardom in Warsaw, Poland and at the Pola i inni Film Festival in Lipno, Poland during the Spring of 2018. The mayor of Lipno presented her with a key to the city.

She has also performed the roles of Mrs. Patrick Campbell in Dear Liar, Gertrude in Hamlet and Wife in the bilingual production of August Strindberg’s The Stronger with the International Theatre Festival of San Antonio. Her work also includes various collaborations with the San Antonio Symphony, Opera Theatre of San Antonio, Mexican Cultural Institute, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Jump-Start Performance Co., San Antonio Public Theatre, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library, Texas Ballet Concerto, Incarnate Word Ballet Company, Joffery Ballet Workshop, Richmond Ballet and Virginia Opera.


Her range of productions has included such shows as Crimes of the Heart, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, A Gown for His Mistress, Godspell, Rent, Hamlet, The Isle of Dogs, The Fox, The Ice Wolf, Much Ado About Nothing, Lovers: Winners, The Cherry Orchard, Othello, Brecht on Brecht, I Hate Hamlet, Everyman, Miss Julie, The Pirates of Penzance and Side by Side by Sondheim.

She has also performed vocal interpretations of poetry for performances with Gemini Ink, Instituto De Mexico En San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony.

Community Involvement

Her community work has allowed her to engage in acting and theatre workshops with middle to high school students of such organizations as the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and the Edgewood Independent School District.

She has also conducted lector workshops for local parishes in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

For her production of The Triangle Factory Fire Project, she moderated a panel discussion with local officials and experts on the ramifications of the play’s tragic depiction of the 1911 Triangle Factory fire in New York City.


Crafting Pola Negri’s Portraiture in Her Twilight Years (1957-1987). FINA International Conference: Pola Negri and the Vicissitudes of Stardom. Warsaw,Poland. 2018.

Crafting Pola Negri’s Portraiture in Her Twilight Years (1957-1987). Pola i inni Film Festival. Lipno, Poland. 2018.

Teaching Voice and Diction in the 21st Century. Southwest Teaching and Learning Conference. Texas A & M San Antonio. San Antonio, Texas. 2009.

Teaching in the 21st Century. “Regenerations: Theatre and Performance as a Regenerative Force.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference. New Orleans, LA. 2007.

To and Between Languages Through Theatre: Techniques for Bridging the Distance Between Native Tongue and a New Language. “Crossing Borders.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 1999.

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Theatre as a Liberal Art (TLA)
  • American Association of Theatre Education (AATE)
  • United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)
  • San Antonio Theatre Coalition (SATCO)
  • American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
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