Theatre Courses

THE-110 Play Reading and Discussion1 credit

This course will broaden students' awareness and knowledge of dramatic material available and expose them to different genres and styles of stage plays. Students will read and discuss classical as well as contemporary plays assigned. The group discussion dynamic promotes the analytic process of breaking down a script and the sharing of ideas. May be repeated for credit.

THE-115 Theatre Appreciation3 credits

Appreciation of the live theatre event through a survey of its dominant philosophy, principles, and practice. Supplemented by historical perspectives, reading representative plays, and access to the production experience.

THE-140 Stagecraft4 credits

Study of principles, techniques, and materials involved in scenery construction and stage lighting. Lab linked to production.

THE-200 Introduction to Film Studies3 credits

This course will introduce students to the craft of film making so they may view movies with a more critical eye. The class will focus on film analysis, forms, genres, and technical aspects. The course will utilize lectures, film clips, and full features as part of the class experience and students will also learn techniques for writing critically about film.

THE-201 Play Analysis3 credits

Play scripts are the words of the playwright which serve as a blueprint from which directors, designers, and actors create a specific world for an audience. Thorough analysis of the play is critical for the writer's story to be fully realized on stage. Students will learn to closely examine the play script using various methods of analysis in order to make informed choices about performance and design elements.

THE-210 Stage Makeup3 credits


Study of the principles, techniques, and materials involved in the craft of stage makeup. This course will explore basic makeup techniques for stage actors as well as special makeup effects that may include: old age makeup, fantasy, and prosthetics.

THE-211 Costume Skills2 credits

Study of the principles, techniques, and materials involved in costume construction. Students will learn stitching techniques, sewing machine/serger operation, and fundamentals of choosing fabric for theatrical costuming.

THE-215 Acting Fundamentals3 credits

An introduction to acting on stage. Emphasis is placed on communication and exploration of character. Exercises involve improvisations as well as work with scripted scenes.

THE-216 Voice and Diction3 credits

Prerequisites:THE-215 is recommended.

Exploration into the mechanics, articulation and vocal techniques vital to stage performers and other public speaking related fields. Uses text and exercises to free the voice, develop effective breathing, flexibility of vocal production and projection. Study of the International Phonetic Alphabet and its application to stage dialects will also be explored.

THE-240 Theatre Ensemble1 credit

Guided participation in the production of department Mainstage productions. Students in this course will assist in the building of sets and costumes and/or lighting Mainstage plays. Students should be aware that the course runs only during the production build-time of the play (September through mid-November and February through April). May be repeated for credit.

THE-250 Scenic Painting3 credits


An introduction to theatrical scene painting techniques and execution. This course will explore painting equipment and supplies, priming and preparation of surfaces and materials, standard techniques and use of texture for ornamental effects.

THE-260 Stage Management3 credits


An exploration of the process and principles of stage management. This course will teach students the tools used to confidently oversee the rehearsal and performance procedures of a stage production. Students will gain experience in organizing a prompt book, running a rehearsal, supervising crew chiefs, and successfully calling a performance. Students will also be required to create a stage manager's kit.

THE-270 Theatre and Arts Management3 credits


Company structure, financing, marketing, promotion, box office and house management associated with theatre and the performing arts. Lab (as appropriate) linked to production.

THE-291 Stage Combat3 credits


Theory and technique for use in armed and unarmed stage combat. This course will allow students to polish their skills in illusionary stage violence while promoting safety and strong technical skills. Students will learn falls, rolls, hand to hand, and rapier fighting techniques (dagger, broadsword, and/or quarterstaff techniques may be explored if time allows).

THE-302 Applied Theatre: Lighting1 credit

Prerequisites:THE-240 and Instructor permission.

By contract. Stage lighting practicum in a creative leadership capacity linked to production. Focuses on the practical application of acquired knowledge and requires a written report of the process.

THE-303 Applied Theatre: Costuming1 credit

Prerequisites:THE-211 and Instructor permission.

By contract. Stage costuming practicum in a creative leadership capacity linked to production. Focuses on the practical application of acquired knowledge and requires a written report of the process.

THE-304 Applied Theatre: Management1 credit

Prerequisites:THE-260 and Instructor permission.

By contract. Theatre management practicum in connection with a Mainstage production. Focuses on the practical application of acquired knowledge and requires a written report of the production management process.

THE-305 Applied Theatre: Acting1 credit

Prerequisites:THE-215 and Instructor permission.

By contract. Acting practicum linked to a Mainstage or senior project production. Focuses on the practical application of acquired knowledge and requires a written report of the process.

THE-306 Applied Theatre: Scenery1 credit

Prerequisites:THE-240 and Instructor permission.

By contract. Scenery practicum in a creative leadership capacity linked to production. Focuses on the practical application of acquired knowledge and requires a written report of the process.

THE-310 Costume Design3 credits

Prerequisites:THE-201 and THE-240

Costume Design is an essential part of the theatrical experience. The clothing an actor wears is another color in the theatrical palette that can reinforce time, place and style. By developing strong artistic choices through patterns, draping, and fashion history, the costumer works with the artistic team in creating a unified environment that enhances the story being told. Students will learn how to evolve a character from the written text to a color rendering. Costume history and various rendering mediums will be explored.

THE-311 Lighting Design3 credits

Prerequisites:THE-201 and THE-240

Stage lighting functions to make the actors and their environs visible to the audience. It can also evoke the appropriate mood, indicate time of day and location, shift emphasis from one stage area to another, reinforce the style of the production, make objects on stage appear flat or three dimensional, and blend the visual elements on stage into a unified whole. This course covers the fundamental tools of the lighting designer, preparing for the theatre space, and production techniques. The course explores the translating of theatrical moments into lighting sketches, storyboards, and atmospheres, as well as the transitions from one atmosphere to another and developing points of view.

THE-315 Principles of Directing3 credits

Prerequisites:THE-215, THE-240 and THE-260

Theory and practice in staging a play, including performance analysis, composition, picturization, movement, pantomime dramatization, tempo and pace, rehearsal techniques and problem solving.

THE-316 Acting Period Styles3 credits


An exploration in acting, emphasizing the importance of character in plays belonging to a period style including Shakespeare, Restoration Comedy and others such as Ancient Greek, Moliere, and Coward. Students will gain knowledge and technique through combining scene work with period dance. Use of props and elements of costume may also be incorporated.

THE-320 Theatre History I3 credits

Prerequisites:THE-115 or THE-140 or THE-215

A survey of world theatre history from 5000 B.C. to 1642, including the reading of representative plays.

THE-321 Theatre History II3 credits

Prerequisites:THE-115 or THE-140 or THE-215

A survey of world theatre history from 1642 to present day, including the reading of representative plays.

THE-340 Scenic Design3 credits


Principles and techniques for creating the stage environment through scenery. Includes theoretical concepts, presentation of the design idea and design technology culminating in the creation of a concrete design.

THE-355 Acting Shakespeare3 credits


This course focuses on the challenges of bringing the plays of William Shakespeare to life on stage. Students will incorporate various techniques to comprehend and communicate the works of Shakespeare. These include: defining of words, acting approaches derived from the written structure of the verse, study of the First Folio, and vocal/emotional connection to the text.

THE-390 Acting Creative Drama3 credits


An introduction to the principles and practice of a game-based, improvisational approach to theatre. Focus on improvisational games and open scenes to explore acting/storytelling without scripted materials as well as examination of other problems in performance.

THE-398 Theatre Minor Capstone Writing Project1 credit

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

As a final project for theatre minors, students write a detailed review of a professional theatre production (approved by the Theatre department) that will analyze and critique all facets of production and performance as well as a paper reflecting how the theatre minor complemented a student's major or vocational skill.

THE-407 Advanced Directing3 credits


A more in-depth examination of the art of stage direction using advanced methods, live performance study, and advanced theory and culminating in each student directing a one-act play for public performance.

THE-415 Acting Contemporary Scene Studies3 credits


This course is designed for the advanced Theatre student to thoroughly explore character and scene study through the works of contemporary playwrights. Students will discuss, analyze, and act in scenes from challenging modern works.

THE-490 Theatre Senior Project1 credit Fall, 2 credits Spring credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

The Theatre Senior Project is a capstone course comprised of a research component and a demonstration of acquired skills and abilities. The course encourages the students to prepare for life beyond The College of Idaho (in graduate study or in the professional theatre) and helps prepare them for this next step. In the Fall, theatre majors will consider their immediate plans for after graduation and research both graduate programs in which they are interested (including application and audition/interview criteria for those programs, etc.) and cities in which they are considering pursuing a career in theatre. In the Fall, students register for THE-490F for one (1) credit. In the Spring, the students will prepare a showcase applicable to their concentration (scenes and audition piece, design portfolios, resumes, articles, scripts, etc.) and present them to an audience and/or invited representatives from area theatres and producing companies. In the Spring, students register for THE-490S for two (2) credits.

THE-494 Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

Advanced problems in theatre not covered in courses normally available. See internship guidelines

THE-497 Internship1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites:Instructor permission

Individually arranged and supervised internship with a sponsor such as The Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Designed to provide practical experience in the student's area of interest. Periodic reports and papers may be required.