Department of Theatre
Department Chair: Susan Whitfield
Department Secretary: Judy Wilkins (208) 496-2077
Department Faculty: Gary BensonJohn BidwellHyrum ConradOmar HansenRoger MerrillSusan Whitfield

 

The Department of Theatre currently offers an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences with majors in Theatre Arts and Technical Theatre. These degrees are designed to allow the student to transfer successfully to another college or university theatre program, or to a professional training school.

For students seeking Teacher Certification in Secondary Education, the Department of Theatre offers a Theatre/Speech certification as set by the Idaho Board of Education.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts Degree in University Studies may work with their advisor to choose classes appropriate to an emphasis in Theatre Arts or Technical Theatre.

The Theatre Department produces 2 shows in the Fall semester, 3 shows in the Winter semester, and 2 shows in the Summer semester. As well as numberous student directed shows during the year. The auditions are open to anyone campus wide.

 
Program Description


 
B.S.  in Theatre & Speech Education (930)   
For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.
 
Minor Required

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    
COMM 150
ENG 373
TA 115
 
AND
Take 1 Course    
ENG 311, 314

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take this Course    
ED 270

 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    Min Grade: C
COMM 102, 140, 352, 397R
TA 116, 219, 219L, 401, 402, 405, 424
 
AND
Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C
TA 123M, 123W

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 1 Course    Min Grade: C
TA 121, 126, 225, 319, 320, 362, 390R

 
AND
Requirement 3:

Take all of these Courses    
ED 200
SECED 252, 280, 322, 410, 492



Minor in  Theatre Arts (160)   

Take all of these Courses    
TA 115, 116, 121, 126, 219, 219L, 260, 401, 402

AND
Take 1 Course    
TA 123M, 123W

AND
Take 1 Course    
TA 225, 233


Minor in  Theatre Arts Education (161)   
For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.

Take these Courses    
TA 115, 116, 219, 219L, 260, 405, 424

AND
Take 1 Course    
TA 123M, 123W

AND
Take 1 Course    
TA 121, 126, 319, 320, 362


Minor in  Technical Theatre (162)   

Take these Courses    
TA 115, 126, 219, 219L, 319, 320, 362, 390R
WELD 105

AND
Take 1 Course    
TA 123M, 123W



Minor in  Speech & Theatre Education (177)   
For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses    
COMM 140, 150, 352, 397R
TA 424

        AND
           Take this Course    
           TA 123M

        OR
           Take this Course    
           TA 123W

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take this Course    
COMM 102

AND
TA 117 and 117L count as one class.
Take 2 Credits    
TA 115, 116, 117, 117L, 121, 321, 322, 405
 
Course Descriptions

TA 106 Individual Coaching (1:0:0)
Fee:  $80.00
Prerequisite: TA 121: Voice Diction or TA 123: Acting 1, and consent of instructor.
Personal attention to individual needs beyond classroom practice, for students seeking help in voice, oral interpretation, and/or acting. Private lessons for students who have completed at least one basic course (TA 121: Voice Diction or TA 123: Acting 1).
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
TA 115 Introduction to Theatre (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Arts requirement.
Non-performance oriented. This course is designed to develop discriminating appreciation of theatre in relation to the other fine arts. Fundamentals of play analysis and dramatic structures are included. All facets of theatrical production and the artists who accomplish them are discussed.
(Winter, Fall)
 
TA 116 Dramatic Structure and Analysis (2:2:0)
Fundamentals of play analysis and dramatic theory. Recommended to be completed before Sophomore year.
(Winter Every Year, Summer even years)
 
TA 117 Introduction to Film Art and Analysis (3:2:0)
Fulfills GE Arts requirement.
Developing analytical skills for understanding and appreciating the best of motion picture art; basic history, theory, and aesthetics of film.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
TA 117L Lab: Introduction to Film Art and Analysis (0:0:3)
Required lab for students enrolled in TA 117: Introduction to Film Art and Analysis. Lab MUST be taken concurrently with course.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
TA 121 Voice Diction (2:2:1)
A fundamental course designed to teach vocal production skills for the stage. Emphasis is given to learning and developing vocal skills in preparation for voice interpretation. Recommended for students in Elementary or Secondary Education, English and Broadcasting.
(Fall odd years, Winter even years)
 
TA 123M Acting 1 (3:3:1)
Theory and practice in the basic skills of acting; intensive and integrated work on vocal, physical, emotional, improvisational and perceptional skills. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.
(Winter, Fall)
 
TA 123W Acting 1 (3:3:1)
Theory and practice in the basic skills of acting; intensive and integrated work on vocal, physical, emotional, improvisational and perceptional skills. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.
(Winter, Fall)
 
TA 126 Stage Makeup (2:2:2)
Theory and practice of theatrical makeup.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
TA 219 Beginning Technical Theatre (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: (TA 219 is a prerequisite for other design and technical theatre courses.)
An introduction to the theory and practice of scenery construction, painting, lighting, and rigging. Laboratory experience includes actual participation working backstage in college productions. Technical Theatre minors must enroll in this course during the first semester of their freshman year.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
TA 219L Beginning Technical Theatre Lab (0:0:2)
Required lab for students enrolled in TA 219: Beginning Technical Theatre. Lab MUST be taken concurrently with course.
(Winter, Sumer, Fall)
 
TA 223M Acting II (3:4:2)
Prerequisite: TA 121: Voice Diction and TA 123: Acting 1.
May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.Continuation and advancement in the basic skills of acting; intensive and integrated work in vocal, physical, emotional, improvisational and perceptional skills.This course features continued and advanced study of basic acting skills: voice characterization, character physicality, emotional life, actions and perception. It refines the ability of each student to choose, prepare, and perform dramatic literature for auditions and performances.
(Winter even year)
 
TA 223W Acting II (3:4:2)
Prerequisite: TA 121:Voice Diction and TA 123: Acting 1.
May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.Continuation and advancement in the basic skills of acting; intensive and integrated work in vocal, physical, emotional, improvisational and perceptional skills.This course features continued and advanced study of basic acting skills: voice characterization, character physicality, emotional life, actions and perception. It refines the ability of each student to choose, prepare, and perform dramatic literature for auditions and performances.
(Winter even year)
 
TA 225 Stage Dialects (2:2:1)
An intense study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its direct application and use with dialects in performance. Students acquire understanding of several and mastery of some dialects for stage work. Understanding and mastery of the International Phonetic Alphabet is major focus of the class.
(Fall odd years, Winter even years)
 
TA 233 Movement for Theatre (2:2:2)
This movement course will strengthen the performance skills of actors, singers, and dancers by refining kinesthetic awareness and nonverbal expressiveness.This course is designed to help each student become more aware of his/her body's movement and expressive potential. Dance elements of time, space and motion are explored and applied to the work of actors, directors, singers and dancers. Development of kinesthetic awareness and physical control are essential components of this course.
(Winter odd years)
 
TA 250 Contemporary Arts Ensemble (1-2:0:0)
Contemporary Arts Ensemble Production.
 
TA 260R Theatre Practice (1-2:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of production director.
Roles are assigned by audition. Audition notices are posted outside the Theatre Office (Snow 120) eight weeks before preformances. All enrolled students are eligible to audition. Students interested in working backstage, please visit the Theatre Office (Snow 120) for information. Four to twelve hours of lab per week. This course provides credit for students who are participating in departmental theatrical productions as actors, technicians, etc. Participation in the creative process of theatrical production: acting, directing, scenery, lighting, makeup and costuming.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
TA 319 Fundamentals of Scene Design (2:2:2)
Prerequisite: Credit only. TA 219: Intro to Technical theatre or consent of the instructor.
A course designed to teach aspiring high school teachers and designers the fundamentals of scenic design.A course designed to teach prospective high school drama teachers and aspiring design students the fundamentals of scenic design. Course content will include philosophies of scene design through the ages, design elements and practical skills. Students will be required to read at least four scripts and create designs for them. The final project is practical and cumulative.
(Fall 2005)
 
TA 320 Stage Lighting (2:2:2)
Prerequisite: Credit only. TA 219: Beginning Technical Theatre or consent of instructor.
An introductory course designed to teach prospective high school drama teachers and aspiring design students the fundamentals of lighting design. Course content will include philosophies of lighting design, color in lighting and lighting controls. Students will be required to read and design from at least four scripts. The final project will be practical and comprehensive.
(Fall 2004)
 
TA 321 Readers Theatre (4:4:2)
Prerequisite: Completion of TA 121: Voice Diction and consent of instructor. Contact the instructor listed in the Course Catalog for permission to enroll.
Theory and practice of reader's theatre as it pertains to adapting literature, directing and performing narrative theatre. An introduction to story theatre and narrative theatre for young audiences.
(Winter)
 
TA 322 Interpretation and Storytelling (2:2:1)
Prerequisite: Completion of TA 121: Voice Diction.
Develops proficiency in interpreting and performing poetry, stories, scripture plays, historical documents, and other aspects of reading aloud. Introduces students to the craft of storytelling. This course is strongly recommended for those studying Elementary or Secondary Education, English, or Broadcasting.Introduction to the craft, art and profession of storytelling and oral interpretation of literature.
(Fall)
 
TA 324 Special studies in Theatre: Actors and Emotion (2:2:2)
Prerequisite: TA 123: Acting 1.
A performance skills course for actors, singers, and dancers which focuses upon methods for generating complete and honest emotional experiences while performing. Alba Emoting and New School Acting techniques will be taught and integrated. Monologues and scenes will be created and refined utilizing these methods.
(Winter even year)
 
TA 335 Song Interpretation (4:4:2)
Prerequisite: None, but if you do not read music, passing the class will be extremely difficult.
Concentrated practical work with textual analysis, emotional, physical characterization, staging/blocking techniques, types of progression in songs, auditioning, and centering the dramatic focus within a song.This course fosters specific and unique creation of character by performers while singing. Two distinctive methodologies for analyzing, interpreting, staging and performing solos and audition material are taught and refined.
(Fall even years)
 
TA 352 Drama in the Elementary Classroom (2:2:0)
Using theatre techniques such as creative dramatics/improvisation, puppetry, storytelling, reader's theare, choral reading, and theatre production for children as tools to enrich all subject matter taught in the elementary classroom.
 
TA 360R Theatre Practice (1-2:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of production director.
Roles are assigned by audition. Audition notices are posted outside the Theatre Office (Snow 120) eight weeks before preformances. All enrolled students are eligible to audition. Students interested in working backstage, please visit the Theatre Office (Snow 120) for information.This course provides credit for students who are participating in departmental theatrical productions as actors, technicians, etc. Four to twelve hours of lab per week. Participation in the creative process of theatrical production: acting, directing, scenery, lighting, makeup and costuming.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
TA 362 Introduction to Theatrical Costume Design (2:2:3)
A practical course covering the principles and practice of design and selection of costumes for historical, modern and non-realistic plays. Study of the relationship of custome to character and production. Theory and practice of theatrical costume design.
(Winter 2005)
 
TA 374 Theatre/Stage Management (2:2:2)
Prerequisite: Open to students of Junior standing with an emphasis in Theatre or Technical Theatre.
Theory and practice of organizing, developing and managing a theatre company from its conception to opening night and beyond. A course designed to acquaint the student with the logistics of building a theatre company.
(Fall 2004)
 
TA 390R Special Studies in Theatre 1-4 (1-4:0:0)
Taught on an "as needed" basis. Instruction in special skills, taught as needs arise based on theatre department productions.
(Winter, Fall)
 
TA 401 Theatre History I (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: TA 116: Dramatic structure and analysis.
The first half of theatre history: the origins of theatre, Greek, Roman, Medieval, Italian Renaissance, Spanish, Elizabethan and Asian. An exploration of what in the past (during the times and places specified) has made theatre what it is today.
(Winter 2005)
 
TA 402 Theatre History II (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: TA 116: Dramatic Structure and Analysis. For students with an emphasis in Theatre, TA 401 is a prerequisite for TA 402. For students with an emphasis in Technical Theatre students, TA 401 is not required.
The second half of theatre history: Renaissance and Baroque, French and Italian, English 1642-1800, 18th-Century European and American, Romanticism, Realism, Contemporary, and Postmodern Theatre. This course covers the development of theatre after Shakespeare's day to the present, discussing the arrival of new styles, showing the influence all of these time periods and how the people involved have shaped the theatre we know today.
(Fall 2004)
 
TA 405 Theatre and Speech Methods (3:3:0)
Explores, analyzes, and practices theories, methods, and techniques utilized by effective theatre and speech teachers in the secondary schools.
(Winter even years, Fall odd years)
 
TA 424 Beginning Director (3:3:1)
Prerequisite: Students with Junior status who have completed TA 123: Acting One, or consent of instructor.
May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. An introduction to the basic principles of directing, coupled with extensive experience in directing two scenes and a one-act play; designed to prepare students for directing assignments in church, educational, and community theatre.Basic principles of directing for the theatre, coupled with extensive practicum experience.
(Winter 2005)
 
TA 460R Theatre Practice (1-2:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of the production director.
Roles are assigned by audition. Audition notices are posted outside the Theatre Office (Snow 120) eight weeks before preformances. All enrolled students are eligible to audition. Students interested in working backstage, please visit the Theatre Office (Snow 120) for information. Four to twelve hours of lab per week. Participation in the creative process of theatrical production: acting, directing, scenery, lighting, makeup and costuming.This course provide credits for students who are participating in departmental theatrical productions as actors, technicians, etc.This course provide credits for students who are participating in departmental theatrical productions as actors, technicians, etc.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)