The Theatre program at Boise State provides theoretical and practical courses in a variety of areas, all within a liberal arts-based environment. The program also produces plays and dance concerts each year that train our majors in every aspect of production.
These performances challenge and educate our students and provide cultural enrichment to the community at large. The program strives to prepare graduates to work in the entertainment industry, to study theatre or dance at the graduate level, or to achieve certification to teach drama. Accredited Institutional Member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
2022-2023 Production Season
The Boise State Theatre Department is thrilled to share its Fall ’22-Spring ’23 schedule of theatrical events. Dubbed the “Season of the Witch,” each production embraces the spooky and macabre to explore the intersection of politics, fear, and superstition.
All shows will be held in the Danny Peterson Theatre inside the Morrison Center on the campus of Boise State. Tickets are $20 for all general seating. Tickets are available online, at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts Box Office, in person, or by phone at 208-426-1110. Warning: This production contains strobe lighting effects, sudden loud noises, theatrical fog and haze.
In the quaint village of Sleepy Hollow, stories of wonder and strangeness surround the legend of a mighty headless Hessian. When the humble schoolteacher Ichabod Crane vies for the hand of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the townsfolk might protest, but it is ultimately the Horseman who will decide Ichabod’s fate. This dynamic ensemble-based retelling of the famous Washington Irving short story promises to be a spooktacular, crowd-pleasing theatrical event.
In 1691 Puritan New England, fear and superstition were rampant. Singing, dancing and amusement of any kind were forbidden. The devil was everywhere. Five girls coming of age in Salem Village find an ally in enslaved Tituba. Deep in the woods, the girls make a pact and build a sisterhood. Alliances are formed, promises made and broken, and power taken. Afflicted: Daughters of Salem tells the story of the Salem accusers and the events that led up to the infamous Salem witch trials. This origin story examines how these teenage girls became accusers and caused 20 people to be put to death for witching.
April 7-16, 2023
Macbethby William Shakespeare
In this classic Shakespeare tragedy, a prophecy from three witches sends Macbeth on a quest to become King of Scotland. A tale of murder, jealousy, greed and corruption than can only end in a bloodbath of madness and death.
The Theatre Arts Department allows each and every student opportunities to actively participate in academics, productions, and student organizations from the first day of the semester. Our students are some of the most involved and active across campus. Our tight-knit group of faculty, students, and staff work together to produce main-stage productions, student performances, and most importantly, academic assignments and projects.
Student opportunities in theatre range from acting, design, scenic construction, dramatic writing, properties, costume construction, lighting, and stage management. Auditions for acting in productions are open to everyone–Theatre Arts majors, Boise State Students, and the general public.
The Boise State Department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing is pleased to offer a variety of student scholarship opportunities. For more information regarding specific scholarship options and requirements, please visit our scholarship page, here. For additional scholarship opportunities, please visit Boise State Financial Aid.
Each and every production that the Theatre Department produces depends on the talents and participation of Boise State students. These unique opportunities provide real, high-caliber learning experiences that bolster resumes, deliver invaluable on-stage performance time and produce invaluable memories to be cherished forever. If you are interested in auditioning for one of our upcoming productions, please check out our current audition announcements, here.
Boise State University Theatre Arts Department is a participating member of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), which promotes and recognizes excellence in collegiate drama. As a member of Region VII, Idaho students compete with students attending from other universities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. In addition, students also compete as participants in the Northwest Drama Conference. Each year, more than 900 productions and 18,000 students participate in KCACTF nationwide.
The 54th Annual High School Festival Spring 2023 dates to be determined.
Since 1990 Summer DanceFest has become one of the most distinguished and unique dance workshops in the Pacific Northwest. Summer DanceFest offers the highest quality training for today’s dancers during two weeks of intensive training in ballet, pointe, men’s class, pas de deux, jazz, and modern. It is the place to gain technique, core, strength, versatility of style, and performing experience. The training includes daily classes and rehearsals with cutting-edge choreographers, culminating in two performances for dancers age 12 and older with intermediate to advanced techniques.
For more information, please visit the DanceFest page, here.