Theatre Program and Degrees

The Department of Theatre within the Idaho State University 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 Department of Theatre is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

History of Theatre at ISU

Undergraduate Degrees

We offer either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Theatre, as well as several minor options.

The primary objectives related to the undergraduate theatre programs are to help all students obtain a level of achievement appropriate to entry-level professionals in their specialty areas:

  • Knowledge of theatre as a social and aesthetic experience
  • Knowledge of the history of the theatre and related dramatic literature
  • Competence in basic acting and directing skills
  • Competence in technical aspects of theatre
  • Competence in study skills
  • Competence in research skills
  • Competence in thinking clearly, logically, and independently
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work within a collaborative art

The theatre curriculum is designed to provide not only a humanistic awareness of our history and civilization through a study of dramatic literature and theatre history, but also to allow the student to pursue courses of study which develop skills and techniques applicable to the production of plays and other theatrical media.

A balance between theoretical and practical courses is offered in several degree programs.

A theatre program can lead to careers in such varying areas as theatre, television, film, education, journalism, public relations, personnel work, sales, insurance, government, and law.

Graduate Degree

We offer a Master of Arts degree in Theatre.

The primary objectives related to the graduate Theatre program are to help students develop the following competencies:

  • A highly developed understanding of the history and literature of the art
  • The ability to read, understand, and critique scholarly theatre-related essays and books
  • The ability to contribute to general theatre scholarship
  • The demonstrated ability to continue with graduate work toward a terminal degree, whether an M.F.A. or Ph.D
  • To develop pedagogical skills enabling the students to pass on their knowledge to others
  • Knowledge of theatre as a social and aesthetic experience
  • Knowledge of the history of the theatre and related dramatic literature
  • Competence in basic acting and directing skills
  • Competence in technical aspects of theatre
  • Competence in study skills
  • Competence in research skills
  • Competence in thinking clearly, logically, and independently
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work within a collaborative art

Careers in Theatre

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.

Contact us

theatre@isu.edu

dance@isu.edu

(208) 282-3173

(208) 282-6281

921 S. 8th, Stop 8006 Pocatello, ID 83209


IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209

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