Current Students

The Theatre Department provides many resources to help current students succeed in their studies. Theatre students can find assistance with internships, scholarships, recommended plays, and department policies.


Internships

Theatre internships will provide students with unique professional exposure that can't be found in the classroom. The experiences gained during a theatre internship will help students make decisions about future careers in the dance world.

It may take some time to find an internship that fits with a student's schedule, interests, and career goals. Students should be aware of the requirements and possible required preparation time in order to plan accordingly.

Getting Approved

All theatre internships must be pre-approved and registered for before a student begins their internship experience. 

To be approved, students need to complete necessary prerequisites and complete an internship approval form on I-Plan.

After approval, a master agreement will be emailed to the internship provider. It is then the student's responsibility to ensure that their internship provider submits the master agreement.

Scholarships

Interested in earning tuition money? Academic theatre scholarships and the Theatre Talent Award are awarded to eligible students, regardless of major. To be considered, students must have high scholastic achievement and participate in plays or take at least one theatre class per semester.

New Student Application

Returning Student Application

Deadlines

Fall Semester: May 1st

Winter Semester: October 1st

Spring Semester: February 1st


Recommended Play Reading List

The following lists are suggested plays that students are encouraged to become familiar with throughout their time of study at BYU-Idaho. Study of these suggested authors and plays will provide a basis for further reading and learning.

  • Lorraine Hansberry: A Raisin in the Sun
  • Henrik Ibsen: A Doll's House
  • Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman
  • Shakespeare: Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet
  • Sophocles: Oedipus Rex
  • Thornton Wilder: Our Town
  • Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie

DRAMA OF GREECE AND ROME

  • Sophocles: Antigone
  • Euripedes: Medea, The Bacchae
  • Aeschylus: The Oresteia
  • Aristophanes: Lysistrata, The Birds
  • Plautus Terence: The Menaechmi, The Self-Tormentor
  • Seneca: Thyestes

DRAMA FROM EASTERN CULTURES

  • Guan Hanqing: Snow in Midsummer
  • Namiki Gohei III: Kanjincho
  • Kan'ami Kiyotsugu: Matsukaze

MEDIEVAL EUROPE

  • Anonymous: Everyman, The Second Shepherd's Play

ITALIAN COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE

  • Niccolo Machiavelli: The Mandrake

ELIZABETHAN AND JACOBEAN DRAMA

  • Christopher Marlowe: Dr. Faustus
  • Ben Jonson: Volpone, The Alchemist
  • John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi
  • Shakespeare: King Lear, Julius Caesar, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night

SPANISH GOLDEN AGE DRAMA

  • Lope de Vega: Fuente Ovejuna 
  • Pedro Calderon de le Barca: Life is a Dream
  • Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (Mexico): El Divino Narciso

FRENCH NEO-CLASSICAL DRAMA

  • Moliere: The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, The Imaginary Invalid
  • Racine: Phaedra

RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ANGLO/EUROPEAN DRAMA

  • John Dryden: All for Love
  • Aphra Behn: The Rover
  • William Congreve: The Way of the World
  • Carlo Goldoni: Servant of Two Masters
  • Pierre de Beaumarchais: The Marriage of Figaro
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan: The School for Scandal, The Rivals
  • Oliver Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer

MODERN EUROPEAN DRAMA

  • Georg Buchner: Woyzeck
  • Frederich Schiller: Mary Stuart
  • Henrik Ibsen: A Doll's House, Hedda, Gabler Ghosts
  • August Strindberg: Miss Julie
  • Anton Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters
  • Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband
  • Noel Coward: Blithe Spirit
  • G.B. Shaw: Pygmalion Major Barbara
  • Georges Feydeau: A Flea in Her Ear
  • Edmond Rostand: Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Luigi Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • Frederico Garcia Lorca: Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba
  • J.M. Synge: The Playboy of the Western World, Riders to the Sea
  • Harold Pinter: The Caretaker, The Birthday Party
  • Alfred Jarry: Ubu Roi
  • Bertholt Brecht: The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Caucasian Chalk Circle
  • Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot
  • Jean-Paul Sartre: No Exit
  • Peter Schaffer: Equus Amadeus

MODERN DRAMA OF AFRICAN CULTURES

  • Athol Fugard: Master Harold and the Boys, The Road to Mecca
  • Wole Soyinka: Death and the King's Horseman  

MODERN DRAMA OF AMERICAN CULTURES

  • Susan Glaspell: Trifles
  • Clifford Odets: Waiting for Lefty
  • Eugene O'Neill: Long Day's Journey Into Night, Hairy Ape, Ah, Wilderness!
  • Lillian Hellman: The Children's Hour, Little Foxes
  • Thornton Wilder: The Skin of Our Teeth
  • Susan-Lori Parks: Top dog / Underdog
  • Luis Valdez: Zoot Suit
  • Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Henry David Hwang: M. Butterfly
  • Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman, The Crucible
  • Neil Simon: Barefoot in the Park, Lost in Yonkers
  • Marsha Norman: 'night Mother
  • August Wilson: The Piano Lesson, Fences
  • Robert Bolt: A Man For All Seasons
  • Tony Kushner: Angels in America
  • Tracey Letts: August: Osage County
  • Brian Friel: Dancing at Lughnasa
  • Edward Albee: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Paula Vogel: How I Learned to Drive
  • David Mamet: American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen, Ross Oleanna
  • Sam Shepard: Curse of the Starving Class, Buried Child, True West
  • Eugene Ionesco: Rhinoceros, The Bald Soprano
  • John Osborne: Look Back in Anger
  • Dario Fo: Accidental Death of an Anarchist
  • Tom Stoppard: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Arcadia
  • Caryl Churchill: Top Girls
  • Yazmina Reza: Art God of Carnage

MUSICALS AND OPERETTAS

  • Stephen Sondheim: West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George
  • Gilbert and Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado
  • Arthur Laurents: Gypsy
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein: South Pacific, Oklahoma!
  • George and Ira Gershwin: Porgy & Bess 

CRITICAL/THEORETICAL TEXTS

  • Aristotle: Poetics
  • Plato: The Cave
  • Robert Edmond Jones: The Dramatic Imagination
  • Jersy Grotowski: Towards a Poor Theatre
  • Bertolt Brecht (Willet ed.): Brecht on Theatre
  • Augusto Boal: Theater of the Oppressed
  • Konstantin Stanislavski: An Actor Prepares
  • Peter Brook: The Empty Space

Policies

Casting

Policies for the Department of Theatre and Dance maintains an open audition policy for theatre productions. Students of all majors may enroll in Theatre courses. Students of all majors, staff, faculty, and friends may audition for productions, although casting preference is always given to qualified, on-track Theatre students.

Theatre production participants who are current students are required to take 1-2 credits of TA260R, 360R, or 460R. The syllabi for these courses define the production expectations to the students.

Dress and Grooming

While involved in the production, all participants - even non-students and off-track students - will commit to adhere to BYU-Idaho standards, including dress and grooming standards. The spirit of the Honor Code encourages neatness, cleanliness, and modesty. In some theatre classes and for rehearsals and performances you are asked to wear clothing or costumes that facilitate the movement required or are suited to the character. Students are not allowed to wear costumes or rehearsal attire outside of the rehearsal or performance area. Any questions regarding appropriate attire should be directed to the instructor.