Theatre is a window through which we can view different aspects of the human experience. Literature, speech, language and cultural history blend with art, characterization, teamwork and organization to result in live theatrical works reflecting both our history and future as a culture and civilization. A bachelor's degree in theatre arts from the University of Idaho instills job and life skills that prepare you to pursue employment and creative production in the fields of theatre, film and television. Graduates from this program are well suited for the both the rigors and artistic demands of the industry and for pursuing further education in leading graduate schools in theatre.
As a student in the program, you will learn to create and produce living theatre, both as an individual artist and as a member of a production team. Students are involved in all levels of the presentation of theatrical works: performance, design, management and production. Theatre courses and productions provide you with skills and access to the technology of theatre in real-world applications. You will also learn the importance and interconnectedness of the allied art forms of theatre.
Currently, there are more than 100 students and 12 faculty and staff members involved in the practice of theatre at the University of Idaho, and they make up a healthy, active and diverse group of dedicated and talented practitioners of the theatrical crafts. 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.
Students also have their own Student Theatre Organization.