UNI's Department of Theatre is dedicated to the Liberal Arts education of those students who have a passion for theatre. We currently serve close to 120 majors and minors. Working with strong faculty, a well-designed and well-equipped facility with three performance spaces, and strong budgets, we use the classroom experience and productions to teach you the art, craft, and process of communicating through theatre.
In April of 2014, The University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre gained accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). NAST is the national accrediting agency for theatre and theatre-related disciplines and is made up of approximately 177 schools of theatre. The granting of accredited membership is a sign that an institution has met an external set of basic criteria for its programs. It also indicates an ability to provide a base of academic strength and operational integrity. The NAST website can be found at http://nast.arts-accredit.org/.
Freshman students are often cast in our shows, and all Theatre students are attached to productions and engaged in departmental classes right from the beginning. Some of the classes require lots of hours; the productions keep everybody in the department busy- all the time. The payoff is learning how to communicate and work together in an environment where people are valued for their unique traits and talents.
If you want to be immersed in a creative experience and work hard to absorb all that's being offered, you will find that this process and atmosphere can propel you to places you may not even know exist. If you are able to be open to new perspectives and experiences, we'll take you to the next level of your theatre life.