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Drama at St. Mary’s University

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Theatre, in its distinctive artistic form, reveals and imparts the complexities of the human condition.

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. 

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 theater, we expose it as a collaborative and communal art that reveals any facet of the 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.

  • Minor Plan

    The Drama minor easily fits into many degree plans. Many majors allow enough hours for a Drama minor that not only complements but also enhances the discipline.

    The Department provides course offerings for the Drama Minor, the Fine Arts requirement of the St. Mary’s Core Curriculum, as well as for electives in students’ degree plans.

    Any Drama (DM) course will suffice when pursuing the Drama Minor as long as one completes the 18 hours (6 courses). With the exception of DM 3331 Directing and DM 4371 Playwriting, these courses also serve the Core Fine Arts requirement or can be taken as an elective.

    Students are exposed to methodology that theatre can bring to the educational process through our course work, theatre production, community outreach, and professional development.

  • Drama Courses

    Our academic offerings encompass a foundational approach to theatre that invite students to explore more specialized topics and applications. The emphasis is on practice, production, and performance. Each of these areas allow for the pursuit of historical and contemporary trends while perfecting student skills and knowledge.

    Highlights include: 

    • Acting 
    • Voice and Diction 
    • Costume Construction 
    • Scenic Construction
    • Production Technology
    • Theatrical Rehearsal and Performance

    See the catalog for a complete list of courses, including course descriptions:

  • Career Possibilities

    Drama graduates have continued to apply their expertise in not only theatrical production and performance  but also in related fields in education, communications, media and film.

    Many have found their theatre background was an added asset when employed with:

    • Theatre companies
    • School districts
    • Corporations
    • Government agencies
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Film studios
  • Internship Opportunities

    Our Drama minors have gained production experience through paid internships and employment with companies such as:

    • The Magik Children’s Theatre
    • The Sheldon Vexler Theatre
    • Children’s Ballet of San Antonio
    • The Public Theatre of San Antonio
    • SeaWorld of San Antonio
    • San Antonio Parks and Recreation’s Sunken Garden Theatre
    • London theaters when participating in the London Study Abroad program

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StMU Theatre

Students of all majors are welcome to participate in our StMU Theatre Company through open auditions, course enrollment, and departmental employment. You become part of a rich theatrical tradition that dates back to 1895.

We mount a variety of theatre productions that allow students to discover and hone their abilities as performers, directors, designers, and technicians.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

To study abroad is a worthwhile pursuit in theatre education. Our London Study Abroad Program especially heightens this quest through its short-term course to explore all things theatrical in this vibrant, multicultural city.

The time frame can be from two weeks to a one-month stay.

We have attended performances, workshops, tours in the West End, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Opera House as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Design Museum and more.

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Alpha Psi Omega

The Tau Zeta Cast of Alpha Psi Omega is the local chapter within this national theatre honor society. Its purpose is to stimulate interest and participation in our theatre activities while maintaining scholastic standards.

It also serves as an advocate for how theatre can enrich lives and promote human understanding.

Student Activities and Special Programs

All students at St. Mary’s can participate in a wide variety of events, clubs, activities and special programs. Some of the special programs that may be of interest to drama minors include:

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We’re eager to hear from you and answer any questions you have! Feel free to reach out to learn more about St. Mary’s University.

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