Why Study Theatre at The College of Idaho?
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’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 mainstage 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.
Career Opportunities for Theatre Majors and Minors
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. 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.