Academic Departments and Programs

Theatre and Speech Arts

The Theatre and Speech Arts program at The College of Idaho offers numerous opportunities for students to express their creativity and rhetorical skills. Learning about acting, directing, theatrical design, playwriting, theatre management, public speaking, speech writing, and argumentation takes place in the classroom, as well as through the College's active schedule of theatrical productions and renowned speech and debate program.

Why study Theatre and Speech Arts at The College of Idaho?

Theatre students are actively involved in making theatre at The College of Idaho by participating in Mainstage productions ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary plays to musical theatre. Scarlet Masque, a student theatre organization on campus, provides additional opportunities to hone your theatrical skills. All the while, you will receive individual mentoring from professors who work professionally as actors, directors, and theatrical designers. The College of Idaho speech and debate team has won 13 Northwest Conference Division II Championships in the past 15 years and finished in the top 10 nationally on 5 occasions.

Our comprehensive curriculum includes classes in acting, stagecraft, directing, theatre history, stage makeup, stage combat, play analysis, film studies, and applied theatre (lighting, costuming, and scenery practicum) as well as in public speaking, intercultural communication, debate and oral argumentation. Campus facilities include a versatile black box theatre that serves as the primary playing space for Mainstage productions, a 200-seat recital hall where musicals and operas are staged, an 850-seat proscenium house, a smaller student-stage, and an outdoor amphitheater.

College of Idaho theatre graduates participate annually in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, and our graduates have gone on to perform with the Blue Man Group, serve as stage managers on Broadway, and work as professional actors, directors, playwrights, scenic artists, and costumers in numerous theatres across the country. The College also offers a speech rhetoric minor that focuses on developing oral communication skills, with opportunities for students to apply these skills through the C of I's Speech and Debate team and Model United Nations program. Through participation with the College of Idaho's Speech and Debate team, students have the opportunity to experience travel to other colleges and universities around the country as they gain on-the-ground experience in public speaking, a skill that employers are searching for in the college graduates they hire.

Career Opportunities for C of I Theatre and Speech Arts Students

A major or minor in theatre or speech arts prepares students for graduate study, a variety of professional theatre and performing arts occupations, or work in the many other fields that use the strong communication skills developed by study in these disciplines.

Majors

Theatre courses are open to all students, regardless of major, provided they satisfy prerequisites and requirements. Theatre productions are also open to the entire student body. The department prepares theatre majors for graduate study, a theatre career, and careers in other fields that benefit from the creative, oral communication, and managerial skills developed by the discipline. Department productions are an integral part of the instructional program, enhance student aesthetic abilities, and enrich the College community and general public.

Theatre Major

32 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

THE-140

Stagecraft and Laboratory

4

THE-201

Play Analysis

3

THE-215

Acting Fundamentals

3

THE-315

Principles of Directing

3

THE-490

Theatre Senior Project (Fall 1 credit/Spring 2 credits)

3

THE-ELEC

Theatre Elective Coursework

6

Complete 1 course from the following:

KPHE-150

Jazz

1

KPHE-150

Ballroom Dance

1

KPHE-150

Rhythmic Skills

1

KPHE-150

Ballet

1

Complete 1 course from the following:

THE-320

Theatre History I

3

THE-321

Theatre History II

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

THE-240

Theatre Ensemble (may be repeated for credit)*

1

THE-302

Applied Theatre: Lighting

1

THE-303

Applied Theatre: Costuming

1

THE-306

Applied Theatre: Scenery

1

Notes

*6 credits of THE-240 preferred.

Participation in Mainstage productions is expected.

Minors

Speech Rhetoric Minor

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

SPE-101

Basic Public Speaking

3

SPE-201

Foundations of Oral Communication

3

SPE-301

Oral Argumentation

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

JOURN-200

Principles & Practices of Journalism-Print

3

JOURN-201

Principles & Practices of Journalism-Visual

3

PHI-214

Introduction to Logic

3

POE-199

Model United Nations I

1

POE-299

Evidence, Proof and Knowledge

3

POE-399

Model United Nations II

1

SPE-199

Debate I

1

SPE-399

Debate II

1

THE-215

Acting Fundamentals

3

THE-216

Voice and Diction

3

Theatre Minor

16 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

THE-115

Theatre Appreciation

3

THE-140

Stagecraft and Laboratory

4

THE-215

Acting Fundamentals

3

THE-398

Theatre Capstone Writing Project

1

Complete 2 credits from the following:

THE-240

Theatre Ensemble (1cr. each)

2

Complete 1 course from the following:

THE-201

Play Analysis

3

THE-216

Voice and Diction

3

THE-250

Scenic Painting

3

THE-291

Stage Combat

3

THE-310

Costume Design

3

THE-311

Lighting Design

3

THE-316

Acting Period Styles

3

THE-320

Theatre History I

3

THE-321

Theatre History II

3

THE-340

Scenic Design

3

THE-355

Acting Shakespeare

3

THE-390

Acting Creative Drama

3

Notes

Participation in Mainstage productions is highly recommended for the student to gain valuable experience and practical knowledge of theatre production.

Students who wish to certify to teach theatre (drama) in secondary schools must take five additional credits of theatre, complete a first teaching field (major) in a state-approved College of Idaho program, and the Education Minor in the Professional Studies & Enhancements PEAK in preparation for the internship year. Please consult with the Education Department for specifics.