Turn your passion for musical theater into professional-level skills at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre at ϲʿ’s.

Learn by collaborating with working artists in the Austin theater community, and earn points toward your membership in Actor’s Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Take courses in piano and voice, or join a musical ensemble on campus. Hone your skills in ballet, tap or other styles of dance. And take advantage of life in Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, where you can see bands perform and catch local and touring productions every week. Audition for local shows, including those with Summer Stock Austin or the summer musical at the Zilker Hillside Theater.

The Musical Theater minor is part of the Department of Performing Arts.

Outside of the Classroom

Mary Moody Northen Theatre

Mary Moody Northen Theater (MMNT) stands at the center of the theatertraining program and operates on aprofessional model. Through MMNT, students work and perform alongside professionals in the field and may earn points towards membership inActors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. MMNT produces at least one musical each season.For more information on MMNT, including reviews of past musical productions, followthis link.


You will have unique opportunities in the cosmopolitan city of Austin, Texas, known as "The Live Music Capital of the World." Withmajor events like Austin City Limits and South by Southwest,morethan200 live music venues, and 1,650 music-related businesses, Austin is the place to be if you're interested in music and performance.You’ll find nearly endless opportunities for artistic expression through ϲʿ’s Universityand the surrounding community.

Transit Theatre Troupe

This student-led organization provides multiple opportunities for involvement in theater production in addition to the university's main stage and class-related productions.

Meet the Faculty

The faculty of the Theater Arts program atϲʿ's University is invested in the professional and personal development of their students. They come from diverse backgrounds and bring a depth of experience to their teaching.

Our faculty members have graduate degrees from institutions such as:
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • New York University
  • Yale School of Drama
  • The University of California-Irvine
  • The University of Washington
Their work has been featured at venues such as:
  • The Houston Grand Opera
  • The Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Denver Center Theatre Company
  • Yale Repertory Theatre
  • The Public Theatre
  • Utah Shakespeare Theatre

The Musical Theater programfaculty membersalso have experience workingon tour, in movies, and on TV.