Department of Theatre
Department Chair: John Bidwell
Department Secretary: Judy Wilkins (208) 496-2077
Department Faculty: Gary BensonJohn BidwellRichard CliffordHyrum ConradOmar HansenRoger MerrillSusan Whitfield

 

Theatre seeks to engage its participants in a vital dialogue that upholds the mores of a community, educates, and provides an active venue for social discourse and commentary. The Department of Theatre offers courses that address the wide gamut of theatrical experience, particularly as related to the special needs of production and education in secondary schools. Students will find a foundation of class offerings and experiences designed to develop performance skills as actors and directors, teach principles of theatrical design and technology, and assist them in deepening their understanding of dramatic literature, theatre history, and criticism. The Department of Theatre currently offers a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Theatre and Speech Education. Students may also minor in Theatre and Speech Education.

For students seeking teacher certification in secondary education, the Department of Theatre provides Theatre/Speech certification that meets the standards set by the Idaho Board of Education and its consortia.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts Degree in University Studies may work with their advisors to choose classes appropriate to emphases in Theatre Arts or Technical Theatre. These emphases will prepare them for graduate schools, or professions where teacher certification is not required.

To accommodate students on any track, the Department of Theatre produces six main stage shows annually: two productions each in the fall, winter, and summer semesters. Students may also gain experience participating in numerous student directed shows throughout 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

University Requirements

Religion Requirements

(Book of Mormon Courses)
Take these Courses   
REL 121, 122
 
       OR
          Take these Courses   
          REL 121H, 122H
 
                 OR
                    Take this Course   
                    REL 221

AND
(Scripture Based Courses)
Take 6 Credits   
REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
 
       OR
          Take 6 Credits   
          REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

AND
(Other Religion Courses)
Take 4 Credits   
REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

Online Learning

Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

Other online course information is available at http://www.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

GE Requirements

I. Reading and Writing

   Take 1 Course
   ENG 111, 111C, 111H

AND
   Take 1 Course
   ENG 311, 311C, 311H, 314  

II. Mathematics

  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require a higher math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 108, 108H, 110, 110H, 111, 112, 113, 214, 221, 306

    III. Basic Skills

       Take 1 Course
       COMM 102  

    IV. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       TA 115  

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    V. Letters
    Generally the Letters requirement is filled by taking one of the courses listed below. However, HUM 201 and 202, taken together, can be used to fill both the Arts and Letters requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       ENG 373, 373H  

    VI. Biological Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 122, 270
       BIO 100, 100H, 102, 102H, 118, 120, 130, 150, 150L, 176, 200, 202, 208, 221, 222, 230, 250, 264, 265, 268

    VII. Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       CHEM 100, 101, 105, 105H, 106, 106H
       GEOG 101, 101L
       GEOL 101, 102, 103, 103L, 104, 110, 110L, 111, 111L
       PH 101, 101L, 102, 105, 105L, 106, 106L, 115, 116, 121, 127, 127L, 150
       PH.S 100, 100L, 110

    VIII. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       AMHER 170, 170H
       ECON 111, 111H
       HIST 120, 121
       POLSC 110

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       ED 270  

    Major Requirements

       Take all of these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
       COMM 397R
       TA 116, 219, 317, 401, 402, 405, 424

    AND
       Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
       TA 123M, 123W

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

    AND

       Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
       TA 260R, 360R, 460R

    AND
       Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
       COMM 150, 150H, 350, 352

    AND

    Education Core
       Take these Courses
       ED 200, 492
       SECED 410

    AND
       Take all of these Courses
       ED 285
       SECED 252
       SPED 322



  • Minor in  Theatre Arts (160)   

    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
    TA 115, 116, 121, 126, 219, 219L, 260R, 401, 402

    AND
    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
    TA 225, 233

    AND
    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
    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.

    Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C
    COMM 102, 397R
    TA 219, 402, 424

    AND
    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
    TA 123M, 123W

    AND
    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
    COMM 150, 150H, 350, 352

    AND

    Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C
    TA 260R, 360R, 460R
     
    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.
    (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.
    (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 university 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, Summer, 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 317 Theatrical Design for Educators (2:0:0)
    Prerequisite: TA 219
    To explore the major disciplines of theatrical design: scenery, lighting, and costumes, and to learn the elements and principles of design. To practically apply knowledge of design elements and principles through design projects. To examine the practical constraints of designing for secondary education facilities, and formulate a plan for utilizing stock.
    (Fall 2005)
     
    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/or consent of instructor. Contact the instructor listed in the Course Catalog for permission to enroll.
    Theory and practice of readers 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 costume 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)
     
    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 395 Travel Study (0.5-3:3:0)
    Travel Fee:  $100-1200
    Prerequisite: It is suggested that the following courses be completed prior to enrollment: TA 115, TA 123, TA 219, TA 319.
    Travel study course for students in theatre education degree program as well as minors and theatre clusters. Theatre is studied in a variety of cities including workshops, galleries and museums.
    (Fall 2005)
     
    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.
    (Fall 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.
    (Winter 2006)
     
    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.
    (Fall 2006)
     
    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)