Stanley Wood, a native of Waterloo, Iowa, received a Bachelor's degree from the Iowa State Teacher's College (now UNI) in 1931. After teaching in several Iowa high schools, he worked as an instructor at Rhode Island State College and the University of Vermont. He was also on the staff of the Studio Theatre in New York City and received a Rockefeller Fellowship from the National Theatre Conference in 1946.
Wood joined the Iowa State Teacher's College faculty in 1946 and was Director of Theatre from 1956 until 1972. It was under his leadership that UNI continued its tradition of excellence in educational theatre and began the development of the programs in performance and design that are currently offered. A student of Miss Strayer, he continued his work at UCLA and Western Reserve and brought back several innovations, including the construction of a studio theatre for student directed and designed work (now part of Sabin Hall) and the addition of a summer repertory theatre program in 1966. It was a student of Stan’s who did the initial designs for the Strayer-Wood Theatre and Stan lived to turn the first spade of dirt for the construction of the theater in 1975. Stan Wood served on the UNI faculty until his death in 1976, and while at UNI he was involved in more than 125 major theatrical productions.
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