Guiding Principles


Recognizing the role artistic expression and culture has in changing lives, our graduates will provide leadership that serves and inspires in their families, in the Church, in their communities, and in their art. We provide a student-centered training environment that supports the development of a high standard of personal and professional ethics where students feel safe to take artistic and academic risks and enjoy a wholesome sociality. Everyone is a teacher and a learner. 


We support the unique voice of each student and also work toward a unified vision of collective goals. Working together, we value the contributions and accomplishments of each student and of the ensemble.


We provide current, comprehensive training in discipline-specific emphases offered through a liberal arts curriculum that integrates academic rigor with production-based techniques. With a sure sense of the value of hard work in our lives, we pursue excellence and challenge each other to increase our comprehension and application of theories and skills. We will strive to make the Department of Theatre and Dance at BYU-Idaho the place for young, gifted, and disciplined artists throughout the Church to pursue truth.


We nourish imagination and inspiration as we master the components of creating and telling great stories of all genres. We recognize the desire to create as one of the finer aspects of our nature and a characteristic we inherited from our Heavenly Father.


We recognize the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and encourage living its principles while joyfully embracing the differences that enrich our department and enhance our artistry.