The Department of Theatre Arts serves Boise State University, the College of Arts and Sciences, the city of Boise, and the state of Idaho as an urban institution for learning the craft of and practicing theatre arts while helping foster rigorous intellectual investigation and an active arts community. As a Department we: provide theoretical and practical courses and experiences that focus on a variety of theatrical disciplines within a liberal arts environment; provide seasons of plays that challenge and educate our students throughout the University and offer cultural enrichment to the community at large; prepare Theatre Arts majors to work in the performing arts industry, to study theatre at the graduate level, and to achieve state certification to teach drama; support faculty research and professional creative activity on regional, national, and international levels; and support the growth and operations of local theatre for the mutual benefit of the Department, the profession, and the community.
Learning Outcomes, BA Theatre Arts
1. To demonstrate a working knowledge of the complex and collaborative theoretical and practical aspects of theatre production.
2. To demonstrate the qualities of individual responsibility and leadership within the production process.
3. To demonstrate the ability to apply proper techniques in dance performance and choreography.
4. To demonstrate knowledge of historical and contemporary perspectives about theatre and allied arts and apply those perspectives either to an advanced research project or to theatrical production.
5. To demonstrate critical and analytical thinking skills and the refinement of written and oral communication.
6. To demonstrate the ability to participate in the creative production process as a designer.
Learning Outcomes, BA in Theatre Arts, Secondary Education
1. To demonstrate familiarity with current Idaho state secondary teaching standards and policies.
2. To demonstrate the skills necessary to develop instructional plans and strategies.
3. To understand how content knowledge is applied in the classroom and rehearsal space.
4. To demonstrate effective rehearsal organization and techniques.
5. To demonstrate practical knowledge in various aspects of theatre management, such as developing mission statements, developing budgets and performance seasons, and basic marketing.
6. To demonstrate fundamental theatre-content knowledge in areas such as Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Drama Theory.