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713-525-3522
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Actress Takes the Stage in the Big Apple
UST Experience Took Art Historian to Another Level
Senior Student Flourishes on Stage
Actress Takes the Stage in the Big Apple

In New York City, the theatrical scene is so large and competitive that a professional actor could go to several auditions every day and never land a part. That’s not the experience of 2004 drama graduate Jamie Rezanour, who has been acting in the Big Apple for a year. Most recently, Rezanour showcases her acting range in a production with Epic Theatre Ensemble at Culture Project. Read more

UST Experience Took Art Historian to Another Level

Melissa Ramos Palermo, ’07 alumna,  made headlines in her field after identifying a previously unattributed 16th century manuscript as the work of Spanish painter Pedro de Palma. Read more

Senior Student Flourishes on Stage

Margaret “Meg” McDonald, a senior at the University of St. Thomas, lives for the theatre. Although she enjoys her time in UST’s Jones Theatre, the black box performance stage for the Department of Fine Arts and Drama, the support from her professors is what keeps her focused. UST Sets the Stage for Theatrical Success 

The University of St. Thomas Fine Arts & Drama Department is home to all visual and theatrical artists on campus. Whether you are interested in formal coursework or creating art outside the classroom, we have opportunities for you. We welcome all art historians, artists and theatre folk. Join us! Begin by contacting us by email (mcdonald@stthom.edu), by phone (713-525-3520) or in person (Jones Hall Room 200). We have a place for you.

Drama

The drama program at UST prepares students of diverse backgrounds to compete successfully in a wide variety of theater- and performance-related pursuits. Our small size allows for a personal, intensive, conservatory-style program offering considerable one-on-one training. Freshmen and new transfer students are equally eligible to audition for major roles. Students will: 

  • Develop as artists in their own right 
  • Become flexible and creative problem solvers 
  • Think outside the box 
  • Communicate clearly 
  • Demonstrate compelling public presence 
  • Learn to work collaboratively

Recent graduates have worked as the following: actors on stage, in films and for television, playwrights, stagehands, voice-over talent, makeup artists, scenic and costume designers, directors, technical directors, stage managers and theater arts teachers. Recent graduates have been accepted to MFA acting programs, film school and law school.

Students can focus on their own interest among acting, directing, playwriting or design. Our annual season is comprised of five productions with at least one being a musical and one being a play for children.

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Prospective students, please call 713-525-3520 to reserve complimentary tickets to one of our productions.

Studio Arts and Art History

Nestled in the heart of the Museum District, UST is the ideal place to study art and art history. The internationally acclaimed Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) sits directly south of the UST campus. The world renowned Menil Collection and the Rothko Chapel are adjacent to UST while numerous other museums are in the immediate neighborhood providing UST art students easy access to a treasure trove of original art works.

The Studio Arts Program is offered through The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In collaboration with the required art history program offered at UST, this development occurs within a Catholic perspective, incorporating aspects of global art history from the classic to the contemporary working world. Entrance into this program requires four fundamentals courses and a portfolio review. UST also offers a B.A./BFA five-year program.

The purpose of the Art History Program at UST is to enhance the intellectual, aesthetic and spiritual dimensions of the student’s experience in discovering the communicative power of art. Art represents and questions the deepest cultural and spiritual values of a society, and knowledge of these values can deepen the life of mind and spirit

Majors
Drama, B.A.
Studio Arts, B.A.
Studio Arts, B.A./BFA

Minors
Art History
Drama
Studio Arts

Popular Joint Majors
Catholic Studies, Communication, English, Political Science, Philosophy, Biology, Theology

Resources
Drama Brochure
Studio Arts Brochure
Course Catalog
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Scholarships
Please contact the Fine Arts & Drama Department for scholarship information.

Faculty
Prof. Claire M. McDonald, Department and Drama Program Chair
mcdonald@stthom.edu  
713-525-3522

Dr. Bernard Bonario, Art History Program Chair
bonarib@stthom.edu  

Prof. Patrick Palmer, Studio Arts Program Chair
ppalmer@mfah.org  

Prof. Eric Domuret, Drama
Dr. Charles Stewart, Art History

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