“Inspired art speaks in the language of Eternity, teaching things to the heart the eyes and ears can never understand.”
— M. Russell Ballard
DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE & DANCE
The Theatre Area of the Department of Theatre & Dance seeks to engage its participants in a vital dialogue that speaks of community, educates, and provides an active venue for social discourse and commentary. We offer courses that address the wide gamut of theatrical experience.
Students will find a broad foundation of classes and experiences designed to develop performance skills as actors and directors, to teach principles of theatrical design and technology, and to assist them in deepening their understanding of dramatic literature, theatre history and criticism.
We currently offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Theatre and Speech Education, a BA in Theatre Studies with emphases, and an Associate of Arts degree in Theatre Studies. Students may also minor in Theatre and Speech Education, Theatre Arts, or Technical Theatre. Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies may choose a Theatre Studies Concentration to complement their studies.
To accommodate students on any track, we produce a diverse season of six shows annually, selected to complement our curriculum: two productions each in the Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters. These productions allow students to experience their course work first hand. Students may also gain experience participating in numerous student directed shows throughout the year. The auditions are open to anyone campus wide. In addition to participating as a performer, many opportunities are available to work backstage with lights, props, costumes and set construction. Students also gain valuable experience as assistant directors, stage managers and other vital roles. Wide participation in theatre as an elective is encouraged for all university students.
The Theatre Council, a student organization, holds regular activities allowing those interested to be involved with firesides, workshops, improvisation, celebrations, discussions and various theatre experiences. Membership is open to anyone who wants to participate.
We are committed to building on the mission of Brigham Young University-Idaho and of the College of Performing and Visual Arts. Our highest aim is to embrace talented students from throughout the Church and provide them spiritual and academic opportunities in all aspects of the creative process of theatre. This is achieved within an environment that fosters individual creativity and commitment to the principles of the restored Gospel. We are committed to training artists and disciple leaders--in various theatrical disciplines--who are prepared for lifelong learning as artists, parents, citizens and church members.