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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  • Notable Alumni
    Photograph of Melisa Pereyra

    Melisa Pereyra

    After receiving her BFA in Acting from Utah State University Melisa went on to get her MFA in Classical Acting from Illinois State University. Regionally: Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Romeo and Juliet, Winter's Tale, ISF Touring Company), Utah Shakespeare Festival (Titus Androni-cus, Scapin, Romeo and Juliet Educational Tour, The Tempest, King John, Love's Labour's Lost), Milwau-kee Repertory Theatre (A Christmas Carol) and American Players Theatre (Les Liaisons Dangereuses).

    Photograph of Eric Van Tielen

    Eric Van Tielen

    After graduating from Utah State University with a BFA in Acting, Eric went on to complete an MFA in Acting at Indiana University. Broad-way: Tale of Two Cities. National Tours: Fiddler on the Roof (with Harvey Fierstein), Les Miserables (800 performances in all). Regional Theatre: Pioneer Theatre Company (Ragtime, Cyrano, Evita), Utah Shakespeare Festival (Matchmaker, HMS Pinafore, Camelot), Syracuse Stage and Indiana Repertory Theatre (The Fantasticks).

    Photograph of Gordon Dunn

    Gordon Dunn

    Gordon is a graduate of the 2013 Caine College of the Arts BFA acting program. While at Utah State University he had the opportunity to be in 20th Century, Mauritius, The Miracle Worker, Emma, Student directed one acts, Little Shop of Horrors Revival and had the amazing opportunity to be in Private Lives and Big River during the Old Lyric Repertory Company’s 2012-summer season. He is a co-founder of Ex Machina Films, an independent film company located in Salt Lake City Utah which won the 2013 "I AM DOWNTOWN" film competition. Gordon was recently seen as Stevie in Salt Lake Acting Company's production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People.

    Photograph of Amy Landon

    Amy Landon

    After graduating from Utah State University in 2003, Amy went on to graduate school at the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) where she received an MFA in Acting. Amy spent seven years working professionally in New York City and now lives and works in Los Angeles. Television: Pretty Little Liars, Elementary. National Tour: Jane Eyre. Regional Theatre: Peccadillo Theatre Company (The Man Who Came to Dinner), NY Classical Theatre (King Lear), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Miracle Worker, The Vibrator Play, Crime & Punishment), Studio 42 (My Base & Scurvy Heart). Amy also records audiobooks and writes screenplays.

  • News
    • USU theater program redesigned, revitalized

      USU Theatre Arts is at it again! Opportunities for USU theatre arts seniors abound as a result of the BFA Senior Showcase in NYC.

      Posted: Mar. 27, 2015

      Published: Mar. 24, 2015

      Published by: Ogden Standard Examiner

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    • Costume Design Students Capture Top Awards at Regional Conference

      'Three Utah State University students who study costume design in Utah State’s Theatre Arts Department captured top awards at a recent regional theater conference, and one of the winners now travels to Washington, D.C., for a national gathering and competition. Taking honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Region VIII conference were USU graduate students Jenny Schwartzman and Hongji Zhu and undergraduate Katie Parks Eborn.'

      Posted: Mar. 5, 2015

      Published: Feb. 27, 2015

      Published by: Utah State Today

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    • Theatre Arts Faculty member Creates International Exhibit 'Shades of White'

      Nancy Hills, a professor in USU's Theatre Arts Department, is making the most of her sabbatical leave. Her collection of period costumes, made by USU Theatre Arts graduate students, is featured at the Hereford Museum in England.

      Posted: Mar. 5, 2015

      Published: Feb. 5, 2015

      Published by: Utah State Today

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    • Broadway Actor Comes to USU December 11
      Broadway Actor Comes to USU December 11

      'The Utah State University Department of Theatre Arts presents “The Road to Broadway,” featuring Aaron Galligan-Stierle, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Caine Performance Hall on the USU campus.

      Galligan-Stierle is both an actor and director who has performed throughout the United States. His Broadway credit includes Monsieur Andre in “The Phantom of the Opera,” Henry Ford in “Ragtime” and Cindy Lou Who’s father Papa Who in “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” In addition, he has performed six seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and four seasons at the Shenandoah Summer Music Theater.

      Posted: Dec. 4, 2014

      Published: Dec. 4, 2014

      Published by: Utah State Today

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    • 'Ah Wilderness!' Takes Stage at Caine Lyric Theatre
      'Ah Wilderness!' Takes Stage at Caine Lyric Theatre

      'The Department of Theatre Arts in Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts (CCA) presents Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! with special guest director Paul Barnes Dec. 2-6 at 7:30 p.m. with a special matinee Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Caine Lyric Theatre in historic downtown Logan.'

      Posted: Nov. 26, 2014

      Published: Nov. 26, 2014

      Published by: Utah State Today

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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, the venues are 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 TheatreThe Old Lyric Repertory Company (OLRC) 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, July, and August at the Caine Lyric Theatre in historic downtown Logan, Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune calls the OLRC "one of the best-kept secrets of Utah's theater scene."

The OLRC is also a training ground for advanced theatre students at Utah State University who can work as interns during summers while they train at the University.

Photograph of the interior of the Caine Lyric TheatreIn addition, the company also operates a High School Apprenticeship Program for students transitioning from high school to the University. A group of 10 college bound theatre students are selected from auditions and interviews to work in a complete theatre atmosphere. They are paid a stipend, receive college credit, work on all four of the shows, produce their own showcase, and even take a trip to see all of the shows at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

For information on becoming a member of the 2014 OLRC High School Apprentice Program, please contact, Richie Call, Co-Artistic Director, Old Lyric Repertory Company at 435-797-3050 or by email at richie.call@usu.edu