Gretta Berghammer teaches coursework in drama education and theatre for youth at the University of Northern Iowa. In addition, she serves as the Artistic Director for the Sturgis Youth Theatre, a community based theatre providing class and production related experiences for students ages 4-16.
The primary focus of Ms. Berghammer’s creative work has been in the development of performance pieces, Theatre in Education programs, and staged productions that focus on critical social issues. Recent work has focused on bullying and cyber-bullying, play and creativity, and Holocaust Education, and directing youth-oriented productions such as Mother Hicks, The Wrestling Season, and To Kill a Mockingbird for the Strayer-Wood Theatre. This fall she launched the Spectrum Theatre program for kids on and off the Autism Spectrum. Funded in part by a grant from the Guernsey Foundation, the McElroy Foundation, the Darrah and Struck Trust, and a generous donation by John and Jodi Deery, the program is open to all students ages 6-12 BUT is especially designed to provide drama experiences that best support the development of pretend play, social interaction, and non-verbal communication.
Congratulations to Ms. Berghammer for receiving a 2009-10 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.
M.F.A. Theatre for Youth/Creative Drama, University of Texas at Austin