Workshops Offered to Cornerstone Students

Students participated in a workshop in partnership with the Cornerstone class.

This last Saturday, the Department hosted three more workshops for any students participating in the Cornerstone program. The three programs, led by Gretta Berghammer, Amy Rohrberg, and Cynthia Goatley, respectively, were Playing with Spontaneity, Food for Thought:  Can it be Art?, and Creating Theatre from Your Life. These programs are here to encourage students to use creative thinking in hopes that they’ll utilize their learned skills throughout the remainder of their college career. 

Mauritius Design Presentation

Director Steve Taft begins the presentation with a summary of the show.

On January 21st the Department of Theatre hosted a Design Presentation to introduce the first show of the spring semester Mauritius.

Dedication of the Strayer-Wood Lobby

On Saturday, November 2nd directly following a performance of Spring Awakening we dedicated our lobby in the Strayer-Wood in honor of Kenneth G. Butzier. Kenneth was a drama and speech director at the Malcolm Price Laboratory School. 

Spring Awakening featured on Arts Overlook!

The second mainstage production of our Fall season was featured on Arts Overlook this week. Here is a link to the video and be sure to purchase your tickets to our show, opening this week!

Departmental Meeting focuses on Internships

students discuss summer jobs

On Friday, September 6, members of the department got together for about an hour to talk about summer theatre internships. Several students shared details about their recent experiences, which ranged from two different youth theatre internships to drama director at a summer camp to professional acting, design and managment internships at the Orpheum Theatre.

Students were encouraged to start their search now for a summer theater experience that can propel their career.

Kickoff Meeting for Theatre UNI!

new theatre students playing an ice-breaker gane

On Sunday night (8/25) we welcomed a new group of students into the department! In addition to greeting close to 30 new students, auditions for the two fall shows got underway and will continue until Thursday. In this picture, theatre professors Matt Weedman and Cynthia Goatley engage in some theatre games with the new students!

Students Rock at USITT!

Over Spring Break, several students from our department attended the United States Institute of Theatre Technology conference in Milwaukee, and participated in the Tech Olympics event there, covering every event.

Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner speaks on politics and art!

Tony Kushner speaks to Theatre students

On September 12th the Department of Theatre was the proud host of this year’s Hearst Lecture Series. Renowned playwright Tony Kushner, whose works include the epic two-part Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, was our guest. Mr. Kushner accepted an invitation that expressed our desire to bring to campus a speaker who would passionately illustrate the connection between arts and education, and who could explore the political potential of theatre. Mr Kushner spent an amazing 2 hours onstage responding to questions presented by department head Eric Lange.

Department of Theatre welcomes new faculty members!

We’re very excited to welcome two new faculty members to the department. Jenn Sheshko will be joining us as a professor in the area of Costume Design and Technology. Jenn received her MFA from Indiana University and is originally from Montreal. In the Fall she’ll be teaching Stagecraft: Costumes, supervising costume construction for our production of Lysistrata, and designing costumes for our production of November. Jenn’s digital portfolio of design work can be seen at


A message on the status of the Department of Theatre

To all Theatre alumni, friends, current and prospective students:

In light of the recent news of academic program closures and reorganizations at UNI, I felt it was important to communicate to you about the status of our department and the anticipated impact of program closures on what we do.

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