Theatre for Youth and Communities Major

UNI is one of only a few schools in the country to offer a degree in Theatre for Youth and Communities – making us a top choice for many students around the Midwest, and the nation.

Our graduates go on to successful careers across the country in schools, community playhouses and beyond.

performers in TheatreUNI's show Palette of Possibility


Our department is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). This accreditation indicates an ability to provide a base of academic strength and operational integrity.



Our program boasts a nearly 100% placement after graduation, thanks to ongoing agreements established with professional theaters.



UNI is one of only a few schools in the country to offer a degree in Theatre for Youth and Communities.


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Department of Theatre
University of Northern Iowa
257 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0423

Phone: 319-273-6386

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Common career areas for graduates of this program include:

  • Director
  • Educator
  • Teaching artist 
  • Youth programming coordinator

Course Sampling

Theatre for Youth
Specific problems of producing theatre for children, including readings in children's literature, child psychology and plays. Practical experience in improvised and scripted performances.

Methods of Teaching Drama and Theatre
Introduction, exploration and application of various methods for teaching and assessing drama and theatre practices and learning in K-12 venues.

Creative Drama
Prepares students to guide children and young adults in creative drama. Study of the art of spontaneous drama as it relates to education and development of young people cognitively and creatively.

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It’s Your Time to Shine

TheatreUNI produces an eclectic, well-designed mainstage season including musicals, heightened language texts, comedies, new works and plays that address underserved populations. This work is supported by a broad range of professional guest artists and outside industry professionals, as well as opportunities to view professional theatre productions.

Hear from a student – Hannah Smith


“The best part about my major is the amount of practical experience that is provided. Virtually any opportunity that I could want working with young people in theatre is available or is possible. This summer, I had the opportunity to be a theatre education intern for the Rose Theater in Omaha, NE, where I learned more than I could possibly imagine. Without the work I’ve been able to do through my major, I would never have had this opportunity.”

– Drama and Theatre for Youth student Hannah Smith