Department of Communication Studies

Get Involved

The Interpreters Theatre program at the University of Northern Iowa is student centered. While faculty and professional guest artists sometimes create scripts and direct productions, students also have many, many opportunities to do these things and more. Students are able to learn all aspects of theatrical production first-hand, including:

  • Arts Administration and Management
  • House Management
  • Creating scripts
  • Directing
  • Acting
  • Designing scenery, lighting, audio, multi-media, make-up, costume and properties
  • Building sets, costumes and props
  • Designing and engineering audio and multi-media
  • Setting and focusing lights and special effects

Professionally trained faculty provide leadership and guidance to our student technicians/artists, teaching them performance and production theory, but our goal is for students to learn by doing.

Each semester auditions are announced and held for student performers, and calls are placed for student scripters, directors, and technicians.

For further information please contact Dr. Karen Mitchell or Dr. Paul Siddens.


Project applicatation: Interpreters theatre

All faculty or students interested in directing Interpreters Theatre productions are 
required to complete this application and submit it to Dr. Karen Mitchell or Dr. Paul Siddens prior to publicity, casting, or rehearsal.

Interested in directing a UNI Interpreters Theatre show? Fill out an application form here:  Application to Direct

Curious about the responsibilities for directing a show? Director Checklist