Utah State University
Department of Theatre Arts
  • The Learned Ladies 2013, Taken by Spencer Potter
  • Still Life With Iris 2013, Taken by Spencer Potter
  • A Catered Affair 2013, Taken by Spencer Potter
  • The Miracle Worker 2012, Taken by Spencer Potter

Degree Programs

  • BFA in Acting

    Acting students receive comprehensive, progressive training in all areas of the theatre with a specific focus on acting. This degree is for those who wish to be performers as a life career. Students are exposed to a variety of techniques for theatre. Acceptance into the Acting Program is by application, audition and interview. Retention must be earned by personal growth, commitment, along with the faculty's evaluation of student progress in a review each semester.

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  • BFA in Design & Technology

    Design & Technology students receive training in the actual operation and physical aspects of production. This degree prepares students for further graduate studies or professional work. Students study lighting, sound, scene & costume design, construction, production skills, history, and basic makeup. Students choose a concentration in consultation with the Academic Advisor: Costume Design, Scenic Design, Light Design, Sound Design, Stage Management, or Production Technology. Acceptance into the Design & Technology program is by application, portfolio & interview process. Retention is through personal growth, commitment and a yearly portfolio review, evaluation, and interview.

  • BFA in Theatre Education

    Students wishing careers in the growing field of education may choose one of two career paths: traditional certification or applied theatre. Certified students qualify for a teaching license within the Utah System of Education. The Applied program allows a more entrepreneurial lifestyle. Both concentrations prepare students to pursue a wide variety careers. Artistry, academics, leadership/service, pedagogy, and professionalism are stressed throughout the curriculum. Acceptance is by application, interview and prerequisite coursework. Retention is maintained through personal growth, commitment, along with a faculty benchmark review. Prior to each review, students submit a self-assessment letter to the Education faculty and meet individually with the Academic Advisor to discuss their progress.

  • BA in General Studies

    The BA degree program is designed for students who prefer a more comprehensive liberal arts background in theatre. Students receive a broad based knowledge of history, aesthetics, and pedagogy, as well as a basic knowledge of performance and technical theatre. This degree is intended to give a broad background in preparation for specialization in a graduate program. The credits required for this degree make it possible to pursue an additional degree if desired. Bachelor of Art degrees require a certain proficiency level in a foreign language.

  • MFA Program

    Candidates for a Master of Fine Art are required to complete creative projects within a chosen primary design specialization: Scenery, costumes, Lighting. MFA students are encouraged to pursue a secondary emphasis in Theatre Arts as well. The program is in three phases and acceptance to each phase is through formal portfolio reviews.

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Performance Venues

The performance venues associated with the Fine Arts Complex serve as the primary performance venues for students in the Caine College of the Arts.

When not being used for Caine College of the Arts programs, some venues may be available for use by other USU and community organizations.

For booking, scheduling, and rate information, please contact the CCA Production Services Scheduling Coordinator at 435-797-3040.


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Photograph of the front of the Caine Lyric TheatreLyric Repertory Company was founded in 1967 as the professional theatre wing of Utah State University's Department of Theatre Arts. The company recruits artists from all across the country to produce four shows in rolling repertory during June and July at the Caine Lyric Theatre in historic downtown Logan, Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune calls the Lyric Rep "one of the best-kept secrets of Utah's theater scene."

The Lyric Rep has an internship program that provides opportunities for advanced university theatre students to work alongside company members during the summer season. Internship Application

Photograph of the interior of the Caine Lyric TheatreThe company also operates an apprentice program for high school seniors transitioning from high school to the University. A group of 10 college bound theatre students are selected to work with the company in a professional theatre environment. Apprentices receive college credit, stay in housing paid by the company, work on all of the shows, have classes and workshops company professionals, produce their own showcase, and even take a trip to the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

For information on becoming a member of the Lyric Rep High School Apprentice Program, please contact, Richie Call, Co-Artistic Director, Lyric Repertory Company, 435-797-3050 or by email at richie.call@usu.edu