The University of Idaho offers the state's only Master of Fine Arts in Theatre and it is well known for producing skilled and accomplished theatre professionals. Our MFA option is a demanding program that generally takes three years to complete. By offering the ability to select your specialty area, our program is designed to help talented and dedicated students achieve their aspirations in the areas of:
- Dramatic writing
- Design and technology (including scenery, costumes or lighting)
As an integral part of your graduate training, there are numerous opportunities to design, perform and direct productions on campus. The department produces four shows during the academic year.
Idaho Repertory Theatre, a summer training program that brings professional actors, directors and designers to the area, offers four shows during the summer.
Our proven curriculum combines group learning within a nurturing classroom environment to give students a deeper understanding of themselves and human behavior. Practical hands-on production experience is available during our four-show academic season.
UI theatre offers an exclusive connection with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Rex Rabold Fellowship. One student is selected each year to spend 10 months working alongside professional actors, directors and designers. Students are directly involved in the Tony Award-winning festival's summer season.
Our program is flexible in its approach and faculty and staff are committed to helping students identify practical, guided experiences that are best suited to their interests and career goals. Small class sizes and ample production opportunities with the UI's music and dance programs also enable students to build face-to-face relationships with peers and faculty. We’ve also integrated class projects and studio work into the department's mainstage academic season to create a balance between theory and skill development.