Common minors pursued
In addition to the theatre generalist option focusing on theatre as a liberal art, the Department of Theatre currently enrolls theatre majors who opt for programs emphasizing performance, design and production, and drama and theatre for youth. Many graduates continue their theatre education at some of the finest theatre training institutions and graduate programs in the country. Others choose to enter the professional world as teachers, designers, technicians or performers. Still others find their theatre training a valuable asset as they pursue careers in allied areas, such as broadcasting, public relations and business.
Technical theatre production
Theatre for Youth practitioner
Outstanding teaching and performance faculty provide a wealth of theatre talent, experience and professionalism
Priority of all theatre faculty and staff is quality theatre education through individual attention
Development of a student portfolio
After four semesters of active participation, students are eligible for induction into Theta Alpha Phi, the national honorary theatre fraternity.
Yearly regional and national participation in the American College Theatre Festival and the University/Regional Theatre Auditions
Active guest artist program which brings the very best of the theatre profession into Department of Theatre classes and productions
Summer theatre performance opportunities
The Strayer-Wood Theatre has 416 fixed seats and 268 movable seats. The movable seats allow the theatre to be set up in a thrust, a 48-foot proscenium, or an arena configuration. The stage floor contains eight traps and is 32 feet deep. The stage apron contains a hydraulic lift. There are three separate booths in the main house for lighting, sound and stage management.
The Bertha Martin Theatre is a modular black box theatre that has three movable seating units. The movable seats allow for an infinite number of seating arrangements for the space, accommodating 126 audience members. The BMT has one booth that is equipped with its own pre-set board, dimmers, lighting equipment and sound equipment.
In addition, the facility features the Phelps Acting Practice Room/Lighting Lab, a graphics room with 15 drafting tables, a scene studio, a “full-service” costume studio, a large makeup room, dressing rooms, a green room, and a computerized box office ticketing system.
The Department of Theatre annually awards $36,000 in activity scholarships to its majors. First-year students and transfer students who intend to major in theatre are also eligible for scholarship awards.
Entering freshmen with a 3.0 high school GPA or placing in the upper third of their graduating class are eligible to receive an activity scholarship. Awards range between $500 and $1500. Incoming students compete for scholarships at our annual Scholarship Day. Held in early December, Scholarship Day provides incoming students an opportunity to meet and interview with theatre faculty. In addition, students are encouraged to showcase their talents for faculty through performance auditions and portfolio presentations.
Prospective theatre students may also apply for general UNI scholarships. More information on department scholarships can found at Financial Aid.