The University of Idaho Department of Theatre Arts is dedicated to promoting a rich learning environment that combines group cooperation, individualized mentoring by a dedicated faculty and numerous real-world production opportunities that prepare students to enter the theatre industry.
The department is vibrant, diverse and committed to providing the Northwest’s most affordable and competitive MFA training in the areas of acting, directing, dramatic writing, design and technology.
UI Theatre offers its exclusive connection with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival through the Rex Rabold Fellowship. Each year a student is selected to spend nine months working alongside professional actors, directors and designers during OSF’s summer season.
Our graduates work in a variety of professional venues including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Great River Shakespeare Festival, among others.
Recent professional placement includes: Lojo Simon, Associate Artistic Director, Laguna Playhouse, 2012; Sean Parker, Instructor, Morehead State University, 2012; Chris Mueller - Carpentry Intern, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2012; Will Tedrow - Scene Painting Intern, Kenmark Scenic Studios, 2012.
The department is also proud to be affiliated with resident summer professional theatre company, the Idaho Repertory Theatre. Professionals from around the region work with local students to put on three productions each season.
Theatre students have a variety of work and performance spaces at UI. Students gain experience working with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. Our largest venue, the Hartung Theater, seats 417 and has fully-equipped shops for scenic and costume construction.
UI Theatre offers Idaho’s only MFA program in the areas of acting, directing, dramatic writing, design and technology.
FUNDING: UI Theatre awards more than 30 scholarships annually to theatre majors totaling more than $30,000. Graduate assistantships in scenery, lighting and costumes are available for qualified graduate candidates. In the performance area, graduate teaching assistantships are available in Basics of Acting, Introduction to the Theatre, and Speech Communication classes.
DISTANCE LEARNING IN DRAMATIC WRITING OPTION: The program offers a unique distance-delivered option in dramatic writing.
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Facts & Figures
# of Credits Required: 60-72
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 359 USD
In State Tuition (per year): 7162 USD
Out State Tuition (per year): 12788 USD
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Distant Town
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999