Why Theatre?

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.


Why Theatre?

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.


Career Paths

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:

Occupation

Job Growth (2014-24)

Median Salary (2016)

Film Editors manipulate images and film to organize them into a final product to entertain or inform an audience.

11%

$59,040

Playwrights write scripts for theatrical productions, coming up with a concept, actors' lines, stage direction for actors, and suggestions for a set design.

2%

$61,240

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.

7%

$42,550

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.

7%

$107,320

Choreographers create and teach original dances for theaters, dance companies, and movie studios.

5%

$33,000

Voice Over Actors work in film, cartoon, audiobook, or video game production. Usually freelance.

10%

$35,000

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

10%

$35,000

Sound Designers create an assortment of sound effects for entertainment industries.

8%

$53,330

Costume Designers design costumes for the performing arts, motion picture, and television productions.

3%

$65,170

Stage Managers oversee the production process and postproduction process of film productions.

9%

$70,950

Stagecraft Professors teach theatre courses on a university level.

13%

$75,430

Drama Therapists plan, direct, and coordinate theatre based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses.

7%

$46,410

Casting Directors oversee the casting process for commercials, theater productions, TV shows, and films. Strong interpersonal, communication, and acting skills are necessary.

9%

$103,277