The ISU Theatre division within the ISU School of Performing Arts provides a well-rounded curriculum that is both basic and innovative. Theatrical productions range from classics to contemporary, from intimate to large-scale, and from student-directed to faculty produced. The program is structured to provide a rich mixture of academic, design, and performance courses, coupled with a broad array of electives, enabling ISU students to pursue theatre as a profession or an avocation.
The mission of Theatre ISU is to help students obtain a level of achievment appropriate to entry-level professionals in their specialty areas, or to use the confidence, expressiveness, and cooperative skills gained through their theatre studies at ISU to succeed in a diverse range of non-performance related careers. Students may choose to focus on performance (acting, directing, dance, and choreography), technical theatre, dance education, or achieve an Education degree with certification to teach theatre. All Theatre ISU students are expected to gain a broad-based knowledge of all major aspects of production, and a solid grounding in the history, theory, and literature of their art.
Many careers develop directly or indirectly from a theatre background. Some of the more widely recognized careers include acting, directing, stage management, scene, costume, and properties construction and design, theatre management and publicity, playwriting, dance, and high school and college teaching. Other careers for which theatre is an excellent background include public relations, sales, advertising, radio, and television announcing, and, many other vocations in which successful inter-personal skills are necessary. Theatre students gain discipline, confidence, and a strong sense of team-building, all key skills in today’s economy.
The Department of Theatre is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (http://nast.arts-accredit.org/).
Based upon the book by Roald Dahl, (author of Matlida, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory¸ and The Witches) James and the Giant Peach tells the story of James Trotter, a young orphan living with his terrible aunts Spiker and Sponge. One day while crying in the bushes, James encounters a strange old man who gives him a package of glowing crocodile tongues that will bring him happiness and great adventures. On the way back to his house, James trips and spills all the crocodile tongues by a nearby barren peach tree. The tree becomes enchanted and produces a peach the size of a house! This marks the beginning of a giant adventure for James.