The Drama Department 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.
About the Drama Program
Theater, in its distinctive artistic form, reveals and imparts the complexities of the human condition. The department exposes students to the methods and applications that theater can bring to the educational process through course work, theater production, community-based theater and professional outreach.
Much of the focus of the Department of Drama is not only in the educational and professional development of its students, but also in advocating an appreciation of theater in the cultural life of the University.
Students can earn a minor in Drama and students of all majors may take Drama courses to fulfill the requirements of the Core Curriculum.
Stage productions by St. Mary’s students go way back in our history, at least to 1895, as documented in our archives, including old Rattler newspapers, performances by groups called The Mission Players, The Cameo Players, The St. Mary’s Theatre Guild, St. Mary’s Drama Club and The Shoestring Players.
Our Lady of the Tortilla
By Luis Santeiro
Directed by Bernadette Hamilton Brady
Dates: October 20-23 and 26-29, 2016
Location: AT&T Center For Information Technology, Room 108
Six Characters in Search of an Author
By Luigi Pirandello
Directed by John Iverson
Dates: March/April 2017
Godspell – Spring 2016
StMU Theatre and the St. Mary’s University Department of Music present Godspell, the first major musical theatre offering from 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children Of Eden) which took the world by storm. Based upon the Gospel of St. Matthew, an eclectic group of followers assist Jesus Christ in conveying His messages of kindness, tolerance and love. The performance is a blend of various story-telling techniques and song styles that promise to touch audiences. Godspell will be directed by Bernadette Hamilton-Brady, Chair of the Drama Department at St. Mary’s. Scenic and Lighting design will be by Dion Denevan, Musical Direction by Jacquelyn Matava, and Costumes by Kathrine Johnson.
Drama Minor and Course Areas
Requires a minimum of 18 course hours within the field
Rehearsal and Performance
Voice and Diction
Internships and Career Options
Drama students have been placed in paid internships with local and national organizations, offering an avenue to professional theater practice.
They have worked with companies such as Magik Children’s Theatre, the Jewish Community Center’s Barshop Sheldon Vexler Theatre, McNay Art Museum, The Playhouse and the Scioto Society of Ohio, gaining valuable experience with each.
Drama graduates have gone on to work as teachers, directors, performers and technicians in educational, community and professional theater organizations across the country.
Want to learn more about the St. Mary’s University Drama and StMU Theatre Program or are you ready to apply?
Bernadette Hamilton-Brady, Chair
St. Louis Hall 010
Alicia Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant
Reinbolt Hall 204