About the Department
UNI's Department of Theatre is dedicated to students who have a passion for theatre. We serve over 100 majors and minors in a well-equipped facility that includes three performance spaces.
Through our strong faculty and ample opportunities, we use the classroom experience and TheatreUNI productions to teach our students the art, craft and process of communicating through theatre.
From day one, first-year students are often cast in our shows, and all theatre students are attached to productions and engaged in departmental classes. Some of the classes can require larger commitments of time; the productions keep everybody in the department very busy. However, the payoff is learning how to communicate and work together in a fast-paced environment, and one where people are valued for their unique traits and talents.
We create theatre, and in this process, educate.
The mission of the Department of Theatre is to engage students, audiences, community members, teachers and guest artists in diverse, innovative and captivating theatre that illuminates the human condition. The department's coursework and productions serve both students preparing for a life in the theatre and those preparing a place for theatre in their lives.
The Department of Theatre aspires to be the premier regional undergraduate theatre training program for performance, design and production, theatre for youth and communities, and musical theatre.
NAST Accredited Program
In April of 2014, the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre gained accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). NAST is the national accrediting agency for theatre and theatre-related disciplines and is made up of approximately 200 schools of theatre. The granting of accredited membership is a sign that an institution has met an external set of basic criteria for its programs. It also indicates an ability to provide a base of academic strength and operational integrity.
TheatreUNI Equity and Anti-Racism Statement
Dedicating ourselves to being an anti-racist program is essential to our mission of educating through theatre. Our department commits itself to participating in the dismantling of systemic racism and oppression in our society in order to equitably serve our students, audiences, community members, teachers and guest artists.
The faculty and staff of TheatreUNI condemn racism of all types, and unconditionally embrace the rejection of racist actions, language, curriculum and content from our programs, classes, activities and productions. Our process is transparent. Our process is ongoing.