Academic Departments and Programs

Theatre

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, musical theatre, theatre management and speech arts 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 main stage 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'll 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 five occasions.

Our comprehensive curriculum includes classes in acting, stagecraft, directing, theatre history, stage makeup, stage combat and applied theatre (lighting, costuming and scenery practicum) as well as in public speaking, debate and oral argumentation. Campus facilities include a 145-seat black box theatre that serves as the primary playing space for main stage productions and classroom work, 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, 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.

Learning outcomes of these majors:

To prepare students for graduate study, professional theatre or work in other occupations that utilize skills developed by theatre, including:

  • Creative, independent, and informed choices regarding their approach to the performing arts
  • Verbal, nonverbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Understanding of their own individuality as human beings while recognizing responsibility to a wider community
  • Strong leadership ability

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. Theatre and speech arts also help develop:

  • Analytical thinking
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Strong leadership ability
  • Creative, independent and informed choices regarding one's approach to the performing arts
  • An understanding of one's own individuality as a human being while recognizing responsibility to a wider community

Majors

Theatre Major

Theatre Major

32 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

THE-140

Stagecraft

4

THE-201

Play Analysis

3

THE-215

Fundamentals of Acting

3

THE-315

Principles of Directing

3

THE-490

Theatre Senior Project (Fall 1 cr./Spring 2 crs.)

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

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • To prepare students for graduate study, professional theatre or work in other occupations that utilize skills developed by theatre including:
  • Creative, independent, and informed choices regarding their approach to the performing arts
  • Verbal, nonverbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Understanding of their own individuality as human beings while recognizing responsibility to a wider community
  • Strong leadership ability

* 6 credits of THE-240 preferred.

Note: Participation in main stage productions is expected. Special emphases in acting/directing, design/technology, music theatre or theatre management are available.

Minors

Theatre Minor

19 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

THE-140

Stagecraft and Laboratory

4

THE-201

Play Analysis

3

THE-215

Fundamentals of Acting

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 courses:

THE-250

Scenic Painting

3

THE-291

Stage Combat

3

THE-310

Costume Design

3

THE-311

Lighting Design

3

THE-315

Principles of Directing

3

THE-316

Acting Period Styles

3

THE-320

Theatre History I

3

THE-321

Theatre History II

3

THE-340

Theatre Design

3

THE-355

Acting Shakespeare

3

THE-390

Creative Drama

3

Additional Humanities Course

Complete 3 credits from the following subject areas:

ENG

English (200 level or above)

3

MFL

Modern Foreign Languages (200 level or above)

3

PHI

Philosophy

3

REL

Religion

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Written, Verbal, and Interpersonal Communication
  • Knowledge and competency in theatrical production and practice, including an understanding of the roles and expectations of the various duties and aspects on theatre production

Note: Participation in at least one Main stage Theatre Production 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 The College of Idaho program, and the education minor in the Professional PEAK in preparation for the internship year. Please check with the education department for specifics.