BYU-Idaho offers a well-rounded theatre education that develops the talents and skill levels of every student. With smaller classroom sizes, teachers are able to individually help and coach in areas of difficulty.
Coursework and experiential learning work cohesively to prepare students to master theatric principles both on and off stage. To practice the skills learned in the classroom, we highly encourage students to participate in productions and for some courses, require involvement. Six productions are shown each year to give students enough chances to get involved.
Theatre is a great opportunity to develop communication, technical, organizational, and analytic skills. Instruction both in and out of the classroom trains students in technical theatre, acting, directing, dance, dramatic literature, playwriting and arts management. Students will be well prepared for lifetime learning as artists.
There are many theatre career opportunities available to students. The emphasis placed on liberal arts studies makes a Theatre Studies degree even more useful for those seeking further training in management, artistic, and academic careers. Some careers in theatre include:
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Film Editors manipulate images and film to organize them into a final product to entertain or inform an audience.
Playwrights write scripts for theatrical productions, coming up with a concept, actors' lines, stage direction for actors, and suggestions for a set design.
Film & Sound Engineers operate the equipment that records, mixes, or reproduces music or sound effects in recording studios, sporting arenas, theatre productions, or video productions.
Communication Managers plan and direct the creation of material that will maintain or enhance their client's public image. Clients include those involved in theatre or film production.
Choreographers create and teach original dances for theaters, dance companies, and movie studios.
Voice Over Actors work in film, cartoon, audiobook, or video game production. Usually freelance.
Actors & Actresses work on stage or film productions. They research their character, portray them authentically, rehearse, and work with director to improve the performance of the show
Sound Designers create an assortment of sound effects for entertainment industries.
Costume Designers design costumes for the performing arts, motion picture, and television productions.
Stage Managers oversee the production process and postproduction process of film productions.
Stagecraft Professors teach theatre courses on a university level.
Drama Therapists plan, direct, and coordinate theatre based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses.
Casting Directors oversee the casting process for commercials, theater productions, TV shows, and films. Strong interpersonal, communication, and acting skills are necessary.